today marks the 75 yr anniversary of the queens park treehouse towerblock and larch tree disaster. Engineered by 8yr old Hughie Duntober, What started as a truancy hideout consisting of a fruit crate and a tyre swing grew to become a major Glasgow residence. Young Hughie kept adding more wood and by the time he was thirty the behemoth had reached 80 floors and its rooms were being rented to families from all over Glasgow. The soaring mish mash of wood pierced low clouds and on a clear day many claimed they could see Ireland, America and sometimes Japan from the upper floors.
The treehouse may well still have been standing to this day if not for a series of unfortunate coincidences. Disaster struck when four of the 60w lightbulbs in the east wing were upgraded to the slightly heavier 100w. the root foundations were put under further strain when Morag McCafferty (still carrying a little pregnancy weight) wandered into the deep end of the east wing swimming pool on the 18th floor. The fate of the delicately balanced towerblock was sealed however when 16 of the McGurk grandchildren ran from their home in the west wing to an unauthorised sleepover in the McGlashan household in the east wing. Unable to take the dangerously unbalanced and lop-sided load, the roots were torn asunder and the main trunk sheared causing the 80 storey treehouse to come crashing down.
If not for a passing troop of brownies thirsty for first-aid merit badges, the many splinter injuries could have proved fatal. However it was a p.r. disaster for multistorey treehouses, and was to rewrite the town planning rulebook on 80 storey treehouses, signalling the end of treehouses as a means of densely housing the population.