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Blog posted on 26th May 2017 by James Green
We're experts at designing, building and installing timber play equipment and we're not afraid to shout about it. Our play schemes are second to none and we offer a multitude of wooden play apparatus and adventure trails to schools, outdoor leisure parks and visitor attractions - we can do it all!
In this blog we want to run down our best timber play equipment, really solidifying why wood is better when it comes to parks and open spaces, giving a truly natural and rustic feel, always.
At Playscheme, we like to approach a project carefully and with open minds. We like to assess the area or the grounds in which the playground equipment will sit, and make wise decisions that will lead to the most eye-catching and engaging design for our client. We do this to ensure that the finished product will sit beautifully, and most importantly, naturally within its environment. The last thing we want to do is plonk a big piece of equipment into gloriously aesthetic surroundings, resulting in a huge eye sore for anyone that comes across it.
A wooden climbing frame, swing set or trim trails look so much more appealing than their plastic or metal counterparts. Constructing a play environment that includes natural materials will better fit into their surroundings and compliment stones, sand, wood chip trails and even wooden playhouses. Timber playgrounds stimulate a child's imagination and creativity and may also help children to connect more with nature and learn about their environment.
We get a lot of questions about the longevity of wooden playgrounds when compared against other materials on the market. However, good play equipment comes with great design, and having well-designed play equipment can actually help extend its life. All of our equipment is treated correctly, meaning it will last for at least 15 years.
We ensure that all of our timber playgrounds are designed and manufactured to withhold moisture content and will stand up when exposed to extreme weather conditions such as heavy rain, sleet and snow. In fact, timber will not rot when its moisture content is below approximately 20%, and we put the correct measurements in place to ensure that this doesn't happen. All components of each of the structures that we build are protected to reduce these problems from occurring during their lives in the playground or in any other outdoor environment.
We like to design one-off bespoke pieces for every project that we have the opportunity to work on. We create wonderful wooden masterpieces that fit in with their surroundings, as well as the requirements of the school, public playground or outdoor attraction that we're dealing with.
Given the materials that we use, there is an endless list of possibilities in terms of shape, size and functionality. You tell us what you want and we will build it. And that's the glory of using wood opposed to steel, as you can create a base and build upon that as time goes on - the sky really is the limit here!
Our most popular wooden play equipment is our climbing and adventure equipment, as we can create exhilarating zones using zip lines, forest climbers, mazes, fairy houses and our amazing tower systems, which vary in shapes and sizes. We can even create themed equipment if you so wish!
Pyramid Peaks is just one of our many tower system designs and will attract people from miles around. The pyramid structures are integrated with bridge walkways, ladders, climbing ropes and a slide, which is hugely interactive for any child that has the pleasure of tackling it.
Being one of the highest towers we have ever created, this supersized Altitude Tower measures a whopping 9 metres high! This gives children bags of adrenalin pumping challenges and looks exceptional as a focal point or main attraction in your outdoor play area.
Outdoor play equipment will without a doubt, help children to develop their physical fitness and strength, but it can also spur their imaginations. Whether it be running or walking along the wooden trim trails, crawling through tunnels, climbing over the top of logs and hanging from the natural monkey bars.
We've said it many a time but we are so very passionate about the development of children with play. Play enhances a child's skills and confidence, as well as opening up the imagination to a lot more than heading out into an empty playground with friends. Of course, this sort of stimulus is a must when it comes to children opening up and having fun.
Our role play equipment can take play to the next level and again, made from timber, it can work in harmony with your surroundings, offering a more natural type of play.
Play, act, perform and imagine. Our different themed pieces will really help to set your scene, allowing you to have something that you can call your own - not just an off the shelf piece of equipment that other playgrounds might have.
Children love to make believe and pretend they are certain characters of their favourite television show or film. This is why our outdoor stages are so popular. Our corner stage and puppet theatre comes with a huge performing area as well as a dual chalkboard to draw creative displays.
If they also fancy putting on a traditional Punch and Judy show, or even another play from puppets they make themselves, then there's room to do this.
The role play boat is a firm favourite among our customers - both schools and public play areas. This timber play equipment is a multi-use unit with den building, performing and role play opportunities. With a moving steering wheel and quarter deck, children can sail the seven seas as pirates searching for treasure.
We are also happy to personalise your boat for you with an engraved board panel option in a variety of colours, allowing you to really make it your own!
Of course, the traditional swing is an essential for any playground. A playground without a swing but be like toast without butter.
We can create a number of different timber swing sets, from junior to senior swing sets, to nest swings for smaller children. In fact, we can pretty much create any type of swing combination that you desire, so give us an idea of the type of thing you'd like and we can design it for you.
Every single wooden playground structure that we build has the relevant safety precautions in place. When designing our play equipment, we make sure that all ends are either rounded or capped and have no exposed rough or sharp edges to cause any injury.
We are pretty much geared up to design and build anything, whether you have a certain theme in mind, or a specific piece of equipment, we are happy to talk it through with you.
From adventure trails to seating, to outdoor classroom and even storage, we've got you covered.