Natural playgrounds & natural play areas

We design and build natural play areas for kids

Enhancing learning through landscapes

We design and build natural playgrounds and natural play areas for kids and adults. We can advise on the enhancement of traditional play spaces to enhance learning through landscapes. 

We have years of experience of creating these essential community landscapes in schools, parks and reserves, public and private gardens.

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Enhancing traditional play spaces

We design and build natural playgrounds and advise on the enhancement of traditional play spaces.  Places that:

  • provide physical challenges, adventure and exploration
  • are manipulable and interactive
  • encourage group activities, collaboration and social skills
  • are unique and create a unique sense of place
  • meet all current safety standards for play
  • are acres of fun and adults like them too.

We have years of experience of creating these essential community landscapes in schools, parks and reserves, public and private gardens.

Read more on What is Natural Play Space? and Natural Play Themes and References.

See our Natural Play and Playgrounds portfolio here.

We also offer a practical one day workshop for primary, intermediate and early years on developing your grounds into diverse outdoor classrooms and natural play areas with endless learning opportunities.

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Redstone Marsh Natural Play Landscape

Redstone Marsh is situated on the upper western banks of the River Severn.

The large grass field had little definition and required a design which included a play area, some communal seating areas for parents and guardians, much more ecology rich planting, some shelter if possible and 'maybe turn the old skateboard concrete into something else'.  Wyre Forest District Council parks team were also keen to see a BMX track and were also interested on installing some standing stones to provide some megalithic ambiance.

Leaves of Green were delighted to get the contract with WFDC and it was a pleasure to work with them and have such an opportunity.  The site was situated above the banks of the River Severn and as such occupied an historic vantage point with untold history of river crossings, battles, escapades and magic...and let's throw in some romance as well.

All went according to plan, timing and budget.  The standing stones lent an air of timelessness and the locals were in favour of such references to their Celtic roots.  A sense of place was restored on this most noble of sites.

The scheme was identified by the National Lottery as being an example of good practice, and following on from this design and installation, in 2014/15 Leaves of Green were asked to design another site for the Wyre Forest District on similar lines.  This was for Tesco - not the usual purchaser of neolithic style landscapes, but maybe the winds of change are beginning to blow again.....

early years outdoor play design and build
early years outdoor play design and build
early years outdoor play design and build

Nelson Central School Junior Play Area

This playground benefited from having really outdated equipment set in a poorly designed setup but with exceptional native trees surrounding the whole.  Here was a golden opportunity to add to the beautiful sense of place by putting in a simple concept of two structures - a raised platform, and a mound with a tunnel underneath it and a slide.  Both of these structures aided the sense of movement around the garden, making the whole space appear larger than it was in reality.

The mound was covered in artificial turf and the soft slope became very popular very quickly with the 4 and 5 year olds. The raised structure was high enough to test the bravery of the kiwi young guns, and an add on storytelling circle nestled under the manuka trees, providing the perfect breakout space after the formality of the classroom.

This was one of our first projects in New Zealand, and the rush to design and build never allowed time for the important community building process.   As it was, the school then underwent a change of Principal and long time members of the Board left, and when the school decided to accept the Ministry's offer of a new security fence there was no one in a strong enough position to reject the designer's and contractors proposal to cut down all the beautiful trees - instant desertification!

It is totally outrageous that such a brutal act can occur to a special childrens garden, but for a few years those kids at NCS had the greatest garden ever!  More photos in the Photo Gallery.

Guiding your landscaping project from concept to completion

We'd love to work with you to create an amazing landscape together.

Contact us today for a free initial consultation and a clear overview of how we can help guide your landscaping project from concept to completion.

Phone: 03 553 0448