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26 March 2024

Spectacular New Forest Slide Unveiled at North Wales Eco-Park that’s Recruiting 100 Workers

GreenWood Family Park rides and activities manager Peter Froment road testing the new Forest Glider slide. Picture Mandy Jones
GreenWood Family Park rides and activities manager Peter Froment road testing the new Forest Glider slide – Picture Mandy Jones

A top eco tourist attraction is taking on 100 new staff members as it gears up for the new season.

GreenWood Family Park in Felinheli, near Bangor, has also invested more than £100,000 in importing a giant Forest Glider slide from the Netherlands.

The spectacular new ride, known as Gleidar y Goedwig in Welsh, is the only one of its kind in Wales, standing 20 metres tall with a thrillingly steep 75 metre drop.

GreenWood has launched a major drive to recruit seasonal workers to beef up the 30-strong permanent team at the environmentally-friendly adventure park, recently named by Trip Advisor as the best tourist attraction in North Wales.

This year also sees the 20th anniversary of the Green Dragon a zero carbon, people-powered rollercoaster which goes on a 250 metre loop through the park’s woods.

The centre’s other 30 rides and attractions also include Solar Splash, powered entirely by solar energy which has a huge water slide with two 60 metre long wave chutes.

The park is owned by the Continuum Attractions group whose portfolio includes some of the most successful visitor attractions in the UK, including The Coronation Street Experience, the Loch Ness Centre and Emmerdale The Village Tour.

The installation of the Forest Glider was overseen by rides and activities manager Peter Froment.

GreenWood Family Park rides and activities manager Peter Froment road testing the new Forest Glider slide. Picture Mandy Jones

Peter said:

“As part of the GreenWood ethos, people use their own energy and power to drag their snow tubes from the bottom of the hill all the way up to the top. In essence, they’re powering their own ride.

“All the rides and attractions we have are designed with the whole family in mind and once you’ve paid the entrance fee, there’s no restriction as to how many times visitors can do things.

“We’ve also introduced a locals’ loyalty pass for people living in the LL postcode area and they get a great offer, £150 for the whole year to come to GreenWood.”

Marketing manager Kim Howie revealed that travel industry experts are predicting a significant upsurge in tourism this year, with a key trend being an increase in the popularity of eco-friendly and “sustainable” destinations and attractions.

She said:

“We’re gearing up for a big year at GreenWood and all the signs are that it’s going to be a bumper one, particularly given the shift towards eco-friendly options.

“The arrival of the Forest Glider is great news and we’re looking forward to celebrating the 20th anniversary of the zero carbon Green Dragon rollercoaster.

“GreenWood has pioneered the notion of green tourism and we are still leading the way, providing fun-filled family friendly rides and attractions.

“All of this means we need to recruit an additional team and that process is already well underway. We’ve already had a recruitment day here when we interviewed 30 local people and we’ve attended a jobs fair in Llangefni to share our vacancies.

“With more visitors and more jobs in 2024, we also aiming to give the local economy a big boost.”

Anybody wanting more information about the jobs available should email [email protected]

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