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We were really excited to work with Balloon Tree Farm Shop for the second time to create a new attraction for visitors to their venue.
Upon seeing a similar tractor at Hesketh Farm Park near Skipton, the Balloon Tree Farm Shop near York reached out to us here at Playscheme to construct one of their own.
The process was carried out seamlessly. Only taking 3 (rather wet) days to be installed in the farm shop’s outdoor play area, this green tractor was fitted with premade pieces like a large jigsaw after the space where the final product would be placed was dug out.
In less than a day the impact absorbing rubber flooring had been laid and left to fully set overnight. This rubbery surface requires minimal maintenance and it is suitable for use all year round.
The tractor has two pairs of stationary wheels, the back pair much larger with a 1 metre diameter and hollowed out to form a tunnel through the back of the tractor.
There are climbing grips on the side of the tractor allowing the children to climb up into the higher compartment. From this raised compartment there is a stainless steel slide and a steering wheel for make-believe.
Installed in time for the Easter school holidays, the tractor became an immediate hit with their younger visitors (and the staff). The tractor is visible from the nearby A166 due to the sheer size of it meaning passing families easily notice it and will either call in at the time or it reminds them to visit someday.
On social media the new addition was praised proving to be well-liked by those who have already interacted with it whilst generating excitement for those yet to visit.
Despite the many visitors coming to join the fun, it still looks as good as new. Additionally the rubber matting proved itself effective enough to be fitted in other parts of the outdoor play area.
Matthew Machin, Balloon Tree Farm Shop MD, said: "Playscheme have worked on a wide variety of projects, which for me outlines and defines their willingness and competency for their customers; with the added bonus that they are based less than 10 miles from our site.
"The entire process was seamless. From them coming to visit our site to inspect the space to recommending additional safety flooring was all effortless, they really put in all the leg work.
"The tractor was an immediate hit with our younger visitors and even the staff were getting in on the fun. Installation was just in time for the Easter half term and it was really put through its paces.
"This really has been a successful addition to our play area and a show stopping feature to our family orientated landscape!"