Researchers, educators and parents alike are recognising the benefits of nature play – getting back to basics, playing in sand, with mud, with sticks stones and without structured playground equipment. As the benefits of nature play become more widely accepted the popularity of nature playgrounds is increasing.
Revell Landscaping are at the forefront of nature playground design and construction as can be seen with this recent project at St Colomba’s Catholic Primary School in Bayswater.
St Colomba’s approach Revell Landscaping to develop a natural playground area that would provide an inspiring, adventurous and creative environment for its children to spend their free play time.
Key features of the nature playground include a fire pit, fort, cubby house, creek bed, water pump, deck and deck seating for a performance area.
To achieve an authentic nature experience, materials used include stone, timber logs, recycled materials, wood chips, gravel along with a selection of native plants.
The timber decking area links the nature playground to the main school buildings and neutral coloured shade sails have been installed to provide sun protection during play times.
In addition the being a favourite play space for the children of St Colomba, the area also provides a performance space and an outdoor classroom environment for special activities.