Russell Play can work with you to create fantastic natural play spaces.
Intelligent mounding for that creative edge. The simple addition of a grass mound can provide an important element in the design of a successful play area. Giving the feeling of a landscaped environment increases the sense of fun and adventure. All children love to climb, roll or run up and down mounds. Using any existing natural slopes, ditches, hollows or mounds can greatly enhance the play value of an open space. Mounding can also be combined with hard landscaping items such as rope bridges running between two mounds or slides built onto a mound or slope. Boulders can be positioned creatively to help increase ease of access up and down mounds, encourage climbing and provide alternative routes.
Stone products are an ideal addition to a play environment and they can provide stunning impact when included in a creative playground design. The pieces can promote increased imaginary play and encourage active free play such as hide and seek. Combined with creative design and open space, children and young people can exercise imagination, experience risk and undertake challenges. Stones can be supplied in installed heights of between 0.5 metres and 4 metres. Stone types available are Preseli Blue, Sarsen Stone, Cornish Glacial Granite, Slate River Limestone, Sandstone and Irish Quartzite. The stones and boulders can also be supplied with engravings or carved symbols to increase sensory development. Stones can be supplied with holes of a minimum diameter of 400mm.
Mixing the types of vegetation within and around an open space can greatly help the feel of a natural area, especially in built up locations. Utilizing dense bushes and shrubs instead of fences will create a sectioned area while keeping the impression of free space. Using Trees which create interaction all year such as hiding places should also be taken into account, evergreens and fern bushes for a sense of warmth and Oak Trees for a sense of adventure and depth. Areas of long grass (Stipa tenuifolia - Pheasant Grass) planted alongside short grass creates interesting walkways and secret passageways when trimmed creatively. All should create movement in the wind, seasonal colour changes, smells and touching sensations. Using various species of plantation intelligently will create stunning adventure spaces while introducing an element of risk. Grass or hedge mazes carefully positioned are excellent additions.
Unique Structures Wooden products are one of the strongest elements of a natural play area. They can be produced to almost any specification using a variety of hard and soft wood. Once they are made and installed, these wooden elements create an impression of an open and rural environment, even on the smallest of sites and are ideal for providing natural seating, sleeper climbing walls and meeting places.
Russell Play’s Policy on Natural Play
Working with you to create a natural and stimulating play space
Our guidelines for natural play