Brixworth Play Frame

The Brixworth Play Frame

We recently installed this great climbing frame at Brixworh Primary school in Northampton.

The children can access the upper level from a scramble net, balance ropes or the log ladder around the front of the frame. The cargo net slung between the frame is great fun to walk across and can also be used for ‘chill out’ or reading time!

The frame will soon be surrounded with 300mm of wood chip and will be ready for play!

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Log Play Feature

A few photos of a large oak log play feature we recently sent out to a primary school in Kent.

We try to keep some of these huge logs in stock, depending on age and condition we may be able to supply them with the bark on, if however the bark is coming loose we will sand the logs down as below.

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New log tunnel

I’ve been working on a new oak log tunnel for a primary school playground. I did have a little help with this one!

(that is a toy in case your wondering!)

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My little helper

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Morley Primary School Trim Trail

We have recently completed the Morley Primary School trim trail. The area includes horizontal scramble net, balance ropes, traverse ropes, horizontal log ladder and a small log tangle.

We have a selection of trim trail items to choose from and are very happy to design a layout and create bespoke items, often our clients will have seen something they want recreated.

This trim trail equipment is made from pealed, sanded and oiled chestnut and will far outlast any softwood equipment.

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Morley Primary School trim trail, natural play

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Trim Trail Scramble Net, Natural Play Equipment

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Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve

We were recently asked to make some larger fairy doors for Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve. Made from oak each door is approximately 400mm high by 220mm and are complete with hinges and handle.

They can be attached to a hollow log or tree trunk or set into a stone wall, great fun for little explorers.

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Kiveton Community Wood

We recently installed this activity trail at Kiveton Community Wood in South Yorkshire. The project was commissioned by TCV who manage the park, a really lovely if a touch cold part of south Yorkshire.

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Log Tunnel Photos

Oak log tunnels!

A few photos that really show the inside surface texture of the oak tunnels.

These can be left as natural oak or oiled with a plant based oil.

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Den Building Tipi

We recently installed this den building tipi within a larger den building area. There are several small goal post frames for the children to balance poles and planks to form all manner of dens and constructions.

The tipi has been supplied with 100 oak pegs and loads of planks so the children can build walls around the sides as they wish. Combining the tipi with constructions off the smaller frames the children can create some great dens.

The area also includes a safe storage area for all the planks, poles and pegs as well as two large canvas sheets for use in wet weather. Ill get some more photos of the area in use when I next go down to Sussex.

The last of these photos is of the tipi under construction in our yard, like this it would make a great climbing frame!

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Oak Playground Seats

We have been commissioned to make some oak playground seats from large blocks of oak.

The tops are carved and the whole block sanded and charred to give a striking effect, Ill post some photos of the seats in place as soon as I get some.

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Stoke Hill Water Play Area

We have just returned form a trip to Exeter to install the wet pour surfacing in the water play area at Stoke Hill Nursery and Infant school.

The stainless steel basins and channels will be ready soon so the system should be up and running in time for some lovely spring weather next month.

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Natural Play at Queens Wood Country Park

The Natural Play project at Queens Wood Country Park is being well used and we have had some great feedback.

Made for under 5s the area has a low platform with connecting ladder and circular walkway, the small stainless steel slide provides a fun way to get down again!

We made the area under the platform a little more exciting by creating a small door in the side boards, it just happened that we had two nicely curved planks that were ideal for this.

To the side we installed a small mud kitchen made from one large oak log, the kitchen has an oven, two hobs and a sink and provides a little quite space for some extra special cooking.

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Under Fives Natural Play Area

The under fives natural play area under construction at Queens Wood Country Park in Herefordshire. The central circular walkway will link to a platform and slide.


If you haven’t been to Queens Wood its well worth a visit, there are many beautiful walks, a play area for bigger children and cafe. Now run by Herefordshire Wildlife Trust who are carrying out lots of great projects to make the park even better its a great place to take the whole family.

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Oak log tunnel

We have recently sent this huge oak log tunnel to a customer for installation in a park. Cut from one large section of oak it took some doing but I’m sure it will provide lots of fun for the children!

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Tree Platform

We were recently asked to make a tree platform to be sent out in kit form, Ive not seen the final installation yet but here are a few photos of the platform in the yard and ready for dispatch.

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Snow Stops Play

We had a good amount of snow at the weekend in south Herefordshire, brilliant fun with the kids sledging and making igloos!

The yard was under 8″ of snow so couldn’t get to the poles I had intended to peal, building igloos seemed to be a good alternative.

I’d booked on to a chainsaw course in north Wales for Monday morning, I needed to get a new certificate so pretty important I got there, it was actually an OK drive and well worth it for the scenery alone!

I’d thoroughly recommend Phil’s courses¬† Great guy and great place to spend a few days.

A few photos of the views in north Wales, you can just about see Snowdon in the distance between the trees in the first photo.

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Oxford Climbing Frame

A few more photos of the project at St Barnabas Primary School in Oxford. The old play area had seen its day and wasn’t really using the space very well, given a budget and a wish list we designed this new climbing frame to utilize the space and provide an exciting new play area for the younger children.

Using the two platforms to create some height the other features enable children to scramble, balance and climb around the edge of the frame and up onto the platforms.

Made from pealed and sanded chestnut the frame is then oiled with a plant based oil to create a very durable structure, the rope work is all 16mm steel core rope that will last many years.

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St Barnabas Primary School

We have been very busy building a climbing frame for the children at St Barnabas Primary School in Oxford.

Its been a lovely job and everyone is very pleased with the results. We were asked to attend assembly for the children to say thank you, the quote of the week has to be one boy who asked “do you think that’s going to be fun for someone my age to play on” long pause “its looking very promising”.

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Natural Play Bench Set

We were asked to make a set of simple benches for a natural play area, these benches are made from either ash, oak or chestnut, depending on stock, and are very robust.

The simple nature of the benches makes them ideal for all sorts of natural play activities and a great addition to the outdoor learning environment.

Please visit the online shop for details of this bench set, if you are looking for something that isn’t listed in the shop please email us with your requirements, we will do our best to help.


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Oak stump

Further to my previous post, I’ve posted below a few before and after pictures of the oak stump used in the High March playground, you can see it was partially hollow when we found it.

This was due to be cut up for fire wood so I was really pleased we got there first!

The last three before and after photos are of the huge oak board we used for the front of the playhouse, this was one of the most satisfying features we have ever made, really great fun.

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High March Photos

Below are a few more photos of at last years project at High March Primary school. The climbing frame features a two story play house with the front being made from one huge slab of oak, see previous post, the frame also incorporates a ‘crows nest platform’ with ladders and scramble net.

Around the back of the main climbing frame we installed a huge oak log tunnel, this weighed near two tons and was cut from a partially hollow oak stump we found by chance on a local estate.

You will notice several chainsaw carvings throughout the climbing frame and within the paved area, these bits were commissioned to a local artist and add some real magic to the space, the totem is to celebrate the schools 90th year.


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Den Building in Cardiff

We recently installed these three den building frames for a primary school in Cardiff. The frames are made from chestnut and oiled to provide a very durable timber feature.

The school have also as asked us to supply some den building bits from the shop Click here

We can supply these frames in kit form of can install them for you, generally installation, within soil, will only take a day.

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Climbing Frame in Hurstbourne

We have recently finished this climbing frame in Hurstbourne and Tarrent in Hampshire. We had a great time building this in two sections in the yard, it went back together fantastically and makes a pretty huge play feature.

The frame incorporates a large play house for the younger children. Several big scramble nets, a stainless steel slide, monkey bars and a fireman’s pole should keep them busy!

The top two photos were taken moments after the safety fence was removed and the children rushed in for the first time!

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