New ‘Oak’ Orchard installed in Hockley Woods

Sutcliffe Play has worked with Rochford District Council to install the newest addition to the environmentally friendly Orchard range into the Hockley Woods playground.

Hockley Woods covers over 130 hectares dates to the Ice Age 10,000 years ago when the largest remaining area of wild wood covered Essex. Oak, the exciting new unit from Sutcliffe Play blends perfectly into the environment as it’s made from pine logs which are sustainably farmed from UK forests. 

Oak is packed with 14 different play activities and is the largest multi-play unit in the Orchard range. The newest piece of playground equipment to join the range features everything a child needs to keep them entertained including towers, decks, ropes, a climbing wall, a fireman’s pole, a hammock plus much more!

The range of activities featured in the unit encourages social interaction, imaginative play and physical challenge to help develop important skills for children, but most importantly keep them engaged in fun exciting play.

Oak was added to the playground in October 2018 to replace a climbing frame and roundabout which had reached end-of-life.

Cllr Arthur Williams, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “This new climbing frame has eagerly been anticipated by local children. This will enhance an extremely popular playground, set in the stunning location of Hockley Woods.”

The first phase of work on the Hockley Woods playground was completed earlier this year when the playground was refurbished in time for the summer holidays to make the new look area a destination playground for the local community.

Work started after Rochford District Council received funding from Cory Environmental Trust in Britain, an environmental body which supports community and environmental projects. The process included extensive consultation with the local families to ensure the playground met the needs of the community.