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TIMBERPLAY Whisby Natural World Bring Nature To Life With New Wildlife Adventure Area

Whisby Natural World has been a popular free attraction for families since it was opened in 2000. However, it was felt that the Nature Park area could do with improved play facilities to keep children and young families engaged for longer. So landscape architects FPCR were called in to develop a truly interactive playspace, one that would help children gain more of an understanding of the natural landscape, and the wildlife the centre it was established to support.

With the landscape of vital importance to Whisby Nature Park, FPCR wanted the play equipment to complement the environment, so chose to use Timberplay’s product range. Imaginative landscaping and innovative equipment has created ‘Little Darters Wildlife Adventure Area’, which has already contributed to a significant increase in visitor numbers.

Landscape Architect, Daniel Houghton, has been passionate about challenging play provision for several years having undertaken a research project on the subject whilst he was a student. He comments on the play area:-

“Whisby Nature Park boasts several nature walks, bird watching spots and information boards, but North Kesteven District Council were keen to engage children further by creating a playspace that would help younger visitors get a fresh perspective on the site. Timberplay’s equipment was perfect as their use of wood helps makes the playspace a particularly attractive and tactile one, and features such as the giant bird box and bat box support the Nature Park’s educational remit. Integral telescopes can either be used for imaginative play, or to spy on some of the Park’s residents, for example the Cormorant and Black-headed Gull community for which Whisby is famed.”

The playspace, which was opened by Michaela Strachan on the 1st October, is situated beside Thorpe Lake. Two 9 metre pyramid towers which form ‘The Exploratory’ provide wonderful views of the site, and a large horizontal square of netting enables the children to explore the lake without actually getting wet. The towers are linked by bridges and a long metal tunnel, promoting negotiation and interaction for playground users.

UK suppliers for German based Richter, Timberplay are one of the rising stars of the play equipment market. High quality products and excellent customer service has seen the company grow from 4 members of staff 5 years ago to a team of over 25 working throughout the UK. A play company of distinction, Timberplay has won contracts with some of the biggest names in parks and leisure, including CenterParcs and the Princess Diana Memorial Garden in Kensington.

Little Darters Wildlife Adventure Area has been funded by Growth Point Fund, Aggregates Levy Fund, Department for Children, Schools and Families, Lafarge Aggregates, North Kesteven District Council and Leisure Connection.

Email: ros@vividcomms.co.uk


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