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Orchard success in Devon

Client: North Huish Parish Council

Cost: £30,000

Date: 01/07/2014

Genre: Community, Landscape

Orchard meets the needs of village play area

A new playground was required to meet the needs of a new housing area and the surrounding village. We were challenged with providing equipment for Avonwick Village Play Area, a compact space which would be suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities.

The equipment installed included a unit from the Orchard range, a range of environmentally friendly play equipment which encourages physical, challenging play and social interaction. The wood-based clamber units and trim trails are designed to fulfil many of the developmental needs of children and help improve their balance, strength and coordination. The unit installed at Avonwick Play Area features a climbing wall, fireman’s pole, horizontal climbing net and rope walk.

The play area also features a basket swing designed to encourage inclusive play, a mound tunnel to complement the natural environment and swings with a pod seat and a flat seat to suit a variety of ages.

Emma Cousins, Chairperson of the Avonwick Play Area Sub-Committee, said: “We’re so pleased with the park. It’s not a huge space and the equipment really makes the most of it.

“We’ve had children from babies up to 14-year-olds playing there, from the whole village. The feedback has been brilliant – no one ever thought we’d have a play area like this.”

Playground Equipment:

Orchard Trellis

This challenging wooden play equipment features a climbing wall, fireman’s pole, horizontal climbing net, tarzan traverse and rope walk, offering a wide range of play experiences from strenuous climbing and agility through to fun rides on the slide bars.

3m Mound Tunnel

This exciting cylindrical tunnel is ideal for crawling through, encouraging active play.

1.4m High Double Width Mound Slide

Combining natural play with traditional play this slide adds interest and excitement to all playgrounds.

Inclusive Basket Seat

Designed to hold several young children and those with special needs, this nest swing encourages teamwork in play.

Swings with Toddler Pod Seat and Junior Flat Seat

Produced for over 20 years, Sutcliffe Play’s swings are very robust as they are manufactured using hot dipped galvanised steel. The pod seat featured in this swing set is a revolutionary, technically superior seat for toddlers. Advanced rubber technology around stainless steel cables gives it flexibility, so the pod actually ‘hugs’ the child.

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