Our timber is Yorkshire grown, in
wildlife-centred woodland-management programs. The aim of our team is to increase biodiversity of the woodlands that we manage. We remove poor specimens and plant good, local stock for the future health of the woodland area and health of the wildlife within.
Our designs are often copied, but never bettered. Our team is made up of artists, carpenters, joiners, wildlife experts and early years practitioners. Another vital part of the team is you. Teachers', child-minders' and nursery practitioners' input is a huge influence over the development and evolution of our range.
We don't make plastic 'toys', we don't put your children at risk of arsenic contamination by tanalising/pressure treating our timber and we never use nasty chemical preservatives. The timber we use - cedar, larch, oak and other hardwoods - is durable, natural and highly organic.
No Plastics - No Arsenic - No Chemicals
Sadly, it is often unsafe to allow children to play out, in the conventional sense of the word. Children tend to visit friends' houses to play or have friends over to play at their own homes. Most children miss out on what we took for granted; den-building, playing games in the woods, going on walking 'adventures', meeting up in the park etc. With our products installed in your play spaces, every break-time and lunch-time offers the opportunity for children to play out in a natural and safe setting.
We began life in 1992, as a small group of volunteers with big ideas. We originally made planters from reclaimed timber, to encourage teachers and pupils to grow their own food - herbs, vegetables and fruits - or to grow trees to plant out in the community.
As our product range grew, and demand for our products and services increased, we invested in a workshop and storage yard for our timber.
We are the only outdoor space provision company with a genuine desire to produce nature-based environments in which children can play out - the way we used to; hiding, den-making (see left), world-creation, mud and water play. Our materials are easy to trace to source too.
We use natural materials. We would never put your children at risk by making our products with plastic, and we never risk arsenic contamination by pressure-treating/tanalising our timber. We use naturally durable species of timber, felled as part of our wildlife-centred thinning works in woodlands across Yorkshire.
Our aim as a company is to make as little impact on the environment as possible. When working in the over-stocked woodlands we manage, our primary aim is the improvement of the woodland. This means thinning out tree cover to let sunlight reach the woodland floor. Opening the canopy encourages the return of wildflowers, which in turn heralds the return of insects, birds and mammals. Within a few months, new trees begin to grow in the spaces we make; natural regeneration that was impossible before.
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