Giant nest towers, wigwams, monkey ropes, funnel trap nests, secret hobbit holes and giant swinging and climbing logs are some of the exciting new play features included in Davies White Landscape Architects latest destination nature play space at Dinton Pastures Country Park near Wokingham.
Wokingham Borough Council’s selected RHS Gold Medal and BBC People’s choice award-winning Landscape Architects, Davies White to create the £500,000 destination play space, which was officially opened by ‘Young Sports Personality of the Year’ Amber Hill at the start of the summer.
Young visitors gave the new play space their thumbs up after they viewed the Davies White model of the proposals back in November last year. The Davies White design reflects valuable feedback from residents and other groups on the type of play experiences the children wanted to see.
At the northern part of the play space there is a woodland picnic area, den-building structures, swinging hanging logs and mining tunnel entrance encouraging underground exploration and the building of their own play structures. There is also a woodland obstacle course. For the more adventurous, the scheme includes giant nest towers – the tallest being just under four metres, overlooking the duck pond.
The central area features many more traditional play features as well as a number of exciting new editions including the Davies White bespoke funnel net trap, play bridge and hiding holes, and a leaf shelter. The giant climbing logs, sourced locally, are three metres high with handgrips positioned by the local climbing group. Funnel trap nests will mean young children can play with older ones, as well as able-bodied and disabled all together.
Joining the main mounds is a timber bridge connecting two large grassy mounds with a secret hidey-hole. Another popular feature is the double tree top zip wire starting in a giant old Oak tree. Toddlers will not miss out either, with dedicated space featuring swings, wide slide, a willow maze and a huge giant log. A large storytelling area has been created using giant wooden eggs and willow weaving.
Dinton Pastures Nature Play Space is a winner! Location: Dinton Pastures Country Park, Wokingham. Budget: £500K Client: Wokingham Borough Council
Dinton Pastures Nature Play Space | Wokingham, UK | Davies White Landscape Architects
Design Firm | Davies White Landscape Architects