Margam Park has been selected as the first venue in Wales to host a unique virtual reality experience.
The event, known as ‘Treehugger:Wawona’ comes directly from the USA to Port Talbot. It enables visitors to explore the insides of a giant sequoia tree, one of the largest living organisms in the world.
Through a giant replica model and wearing a VR headset, visitors will be able to travel from the tree’s buried roots right up to its leafy canopy. A vibrating body suit allows users to connect to the tree’s hidden bio-signals and rhythms at the same time.
The creators behind the experience, Marshmallow Laser Feast, said the experience was a way of transporting people to the tree’s natural environment in California’s Sequoia National Park.
Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Ali Thomas, said: “We are delighted that Margam Country Park has been chosen as the first venue in Wales to host this unique Virtual Reality learning experience, which encourages pupils and visitors to learn in an engaging and exciting way.
“Events like this further demonstrate the council’s commitment to encouraging a truly digital literate county borough”.
“Last year Neath Port Talbot Council signed up to Digital Inclusion Charter, a Welsh Government initiative, launched last February through Digital Communities Wales.
“The main aim of the charter is to promote basic digital skills and help people get online and events like the expeditions programme demonstrate the council’s commitment in helping to achieve this aim.”
Karine Décorne, artistic director of migrations said, “We are delighted to have commissioned this stunning new VR experience and to collaborate with Margam Country Park to share it with Wales’s audiences.”
Visitors will be able to experience Treehugger at Margam Park from May 27 to July 1. For more information and to buy a ticket, visit: www.margamcountrypark.co.uk/treehugger