Yes, the parents are mostly to blame for this - safety concerns are much higher than they used to be. As a kid, climbing trees was pretty much all I did, and would most certainly encourage every child and parent I met to endeavour on a journey to the top of the canopy.
For those that are allowed to climb trees there's plenty around. Every primary school, suburban park and old suburb has an abundance of great climbing trees. There is one for me though that clearly stands out above the rest.
In the heart of the brewery stretch in the Swan Valley lies Mash Brewery. They have amazing craft beer, great modern architecture and fantastic food - including the best buffalo wings I've tasted.
The brewery is also located next to popular attractions such as Supa Golf, Laser Corps and a park with playground across the road... neither of these for me come even close to the joy of the giant tree out the front though.
It's a weaving mess of large, walkable branches stretching above the roof of the brewhaus. There's very few small snags to hinder your journey to the top and multiple routes to choose from.
The long parallel branches are great fun to test your balance and if you make it to the top there's pretty cool views and great places to "set up base" (pretending you're in an army hideout for those who remember their tree climbing days).
So, parents - sit back and relax in the brewery whilst your kids experience the forgotten joy of tree climbing. The tiny chance of cuts and injuries are a small price to pay for a lifetime of tree climbing memories (and practical climbing skills).
Wow...I love it! I haven't climbed a tree for years, but this one looks like a great place to start again. I will have to take my family. Actually, the people in the pictures appeared to be mostly grown-ups, so perhaps this tree inspires the inner child in all of us....