Before I started writing for Vuly, I took telephones orders in our customer service centre.
One thing that struck me as unusual was the large number of people from the UK, particularly Brits, who would call up asking about our trampolines. As an Australian business, it seemed odd that we had such strong interest from UK customers, seeing as we only offered freight services within Australia.
After sharing this with my boss, he referred me to an article that talks about extraordinary number of trampolines in Edinburgh, UK.
That article states that Hillpark Avenue and Hillpark Gardens in Corstorphine, Edinburgh, houses the largest number of backyard trampolines in any one residential area in the world. As you’ll see in the aerial photo below, 18 trampolines feature in just these two streets alone.
So, the question I pose to readers is: why are trampolines so popular in the UK?
Immediately, I’d like to suggest it’s because British people supposedly have such small backyards. I’ve heard that most people in Great Britain (or London, at least) live in tall townhouses on six perch blocks. So why then, with such a small backyard, choose to fill it with a trampoline?
The answer hit me at once. Trampolines are a fantastic outdoor activity; they make great use of small spaces that would otherwise be left vacant because they’re too small for a pool, a cubby-house or a slip ‘n’ slide for those hot summer days. Trampolines bring life and vibrancy to your small backyard, in any weather conditions, on any day of the week. And don’t the Brits know it!
An aerial view of two streets in Edinburgh with an extraordinary number of backyard trampolines.