The best in the country - Taverham family’s tree house wins national competition

The Faraway Treehouse in Norwich is unveiled as the winner of the UK's Top Treehouse competition hel

The Faraway Treehouse in Norwich is unveiled as the winner of the UK's Top Treehouse competition held by Center Parcs. It was built by the Jennings family dad Matthew, six-year-old Ruby, and mum Becki. Photo: Doug Peters/PA Wire - Credit: PA

A treetop home made by a Taverham family and inspired by a children's classic has been crowned the best in the country.

The Faraway Treehouse in Norwich is unveiled as the winner of the UK's Top Treehouse competition hel

The Faraway Treehouse in Norwich is unveiled as the winner of the UK's Top Treehouse competition held by Center Parcs. It was built by the Jennings family dad Matthew, six-year-old Ruby, and mum Becki. Photo: Doug Peters/PA Wire - Credit: PA

The Jennings family are living the high life after their tree house, which was inspired by Enid Blyton's The Faraway Treehouse, was victorious in the nationwide Center Parcs competition.

When six-year-old Ruby fell in love with the story, dad Matthew began collecting recycled wood from the local area to create her own fairy tale escape.

Helped by mum Becki, the father and daughter then donned hard hats and spent three months putting it together.

Now, the family have fought off dozens of other entries to be crowned winners by a panel of judges, which included wildlife presenter and naturalist Steve Backshall.

The Faraway Treehouse in Norwich is unveiled as the winner of the UK's Top Treehouse competition hel

The Faraway Treehouse in Norwich is unveiled as the winner of the UK's Top Treehouse competition held by Center Parcs. It was built by the Jennings family dad Matthew, six-year-old Ruby, and mum Becki. Photo: Doug Peters/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Mr Jennings, an architectural technologist, said: 'We are so excited to have won the Center Parcs UK's Top Treehouse title. Ruby and I spent almost every weekend for three months working tirelessly to build something that matched her creativity and we're so proud of what we have made.'

The win has earnt the family a stay in one of the newly-opened luxury tree houses at the Elveden Forest Center Parcs.

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Mr Jennings said: 'Ruby is ecstatic that her tree house has been chosen, and as a family we can't wait to visit a tree house.

'Not only does our tree house give us so much joy as a family, it just shows that a small budget and quality time spent together can really turn into something special. This is just the beginning, if I have my way we will keep adding to the garden for years to come. '

The Faraway Treehouse in Norwich is unveiled as the winner of the UK's Top Treehouse competition hel

The Faraway Treehouse in Norwich is unveiled as the winner of the UK's Top Treehouse competition held by Center Parcs. It was built by the Jennings family dad Matthew, six-year-old Ruby, and mum Becki. Photo: Doug Peters/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Tom Courtney, Center Parcs chief tree house builder, said: 'I was particularly impressed with the small touches in The Faraway Treehouse – from the recycled wood materials, decorations, planting and other little touches such as the blue wooden door.

'A lot of love has gone into it and there is still time for Ruby to be her own tree house builder as she now has the coveted UK Top Treehouse title.'

The four new two-storey treehouses were unveiled in Elveden at the end of June, following in the footsteps of the firm's other parks in Sherwood and Longleat.

• Have you won an unusual competition? Email lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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