London borough of Wandsworth plans fines of up to £500 for climbing trees, flying kites or playing cricket in parks
It has always been seen as one of the most innocent of childhood pursuits, a rite-of-passage physical challenge fondly recalled in adult life.
But now killjoy councillors in London are threatening a clampdown on tree climbing in dozens of public parks – with the threat of a £500 fine to back it up.
Children in Wandsworth clambering up an oak or a maple without “reasonable excuse” will face the wrath of park police under a new set of rules governing behaviour in its 39 open spaces.
The south-west London borough is overhauling park rules for the first time in nearly a century, with the threat that anyone breaking them could be fined and ejected by police-style officials.
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