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Balance Beam Set

We have just uploaded a lovely balance beam set onto the shop.

These simple balance beam sets can be supplied to be fixed to create a permanent play feature or left as movable beams and logs.

Each beam is approximately 1.2m long, we can provide multiple sets to create a wonderful snaking balance feature.

Made from chestnut or oak that has been sanded and oiled these will provide a long lasting feature for your playground, park or garden.

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Primary School Play Area

We recently finished this new primary school play area in Milton Keynes, the frame is based on a design installed in Oxford a few years ago and has proven to be a great success with children of all ages.

Based around two platforms with play features radiating out, the children (and adults) can work their way around the frame without touching the ground.  There are various balance ropes and beams several log tangles and a scramble net to challenge all abilities.

The whole area has been excavated and edged with timber to allow for wood chip safety surfacing, this provides a really nice natural look that the school asked for.

With the two platforms being only one meter high, this frame could be installed into grass using rubber grass mats for a safety surface. Although I prefer the look of wood chip surfacing, grass mats are far more economical and look fine once the grass grows through.

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New Den Building Frames

We built a lot of den building areas last year, from large multiple frame areas to simple den building frames.

I’ve attached a few photos below of the simple ‘Y’ frames that are very popular with all ages, the frames are usually supplied as part of a kit with lots of hazel sticks, planks and some times canvas and camouflage sheets.

We can supply these in kit form or will be happy to install throughout the UK.

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New Natural Play Products

We have been busy loading lots of new natural play products to the shop, please follow this link to find great resources for your natural play areas, forest schools and playgrounds.

We still have lots more to load so please keep an eye out for new products and features over the coming weeks.

A few examples below.

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Fixed stepping logs

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Stepping Logs

Low free standing disc stepping logs

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Play Tree

We have just delivered this great play tree to a site in London for a new play area. Cut from a huge wind blown chestnut tree the play feature has lots of hand holds, limbs to climb over and some really nice exposed wood.

Our play trees are sanded to remove rough edges of bark and wood and all cut surfaces are sanded smooth.

This tree measures approximately L 4.5m x W 2m x H 1m, we can supply them to your specification or will be happy to send photos and measurements of the trees we have in stock.

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Playground Mound!

We recently finished a project at an amazing nursery school in Huddersfield. Portland House Nurseries provide a really lovely environment for the children, they asked us to revamp the gardens and play equipment to create a natural feeling with lots for the children to explore.

Part of the project was to create a mound with sensory path, log steps and tunnel, see photos below.

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New Log Tunnel

We started the year with an epic log tunnel, this oak stump was huge even after we had tidied up the limbs and cut a flat base.

The tunnel has been delivered to its new home at a school in Bristol, now part of a pair.

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Early Years Shelter

We recently finished a project in Huddersfield, part of which was the construction of this early years shelter in one of the gardens.

The shelter is built using chestnut poles with a cedar timber roof, the turf is laid on a water proof rubber liner so children can enjoy the shelter in all weathers.

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Log Tunnels

We saw a really high demand for our log tunnels last year, many going to primary schools and parks but several even going to a Santa’s grotto!

We make these from huge stumps of either oak or chestnut, they are great fun for children to crawl through, hide in and climb over.

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School Bench

Some of our simple school benches. Made from locally grown hardwood and constructed to withstand the tough playground environment these benches are a great addition to any playground.

Please find these items in our online shop or contact us if you would like to discuss alternative designs.

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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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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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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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