Visitors to Magdalen this new school year will be able to enjoy our new outdoor playground - but it’s far from a normal playground. It’s been designed by outdoor playground specialists Earth Wrights to reflect the natural habitat at Magdalen. They have over twenty years experience designing and building natural play areas for organisations such as The National Trust and the Eden Project.
Our design objective was simple. Visitors come to Magdalen to experience the great outdoors and get closer to nature, so when it came to a playground, we wanted it to reflect our natural woodland. There are no brightly coloured metal swings and roundabouts, this is a ‘back to nature’ inspired early years playground using as many natural components as we possibly could.
On completing the new playground, Giles Aspinall, Magdalen’s Chief Executive said, “We wanted to create a structure that gives children the opportunity to experience learning by movement but in a very safe and purpose designed structure - and it’s also great fun. It blends in very well with our natural habitat and I’m sure it’ll be a popular part of any school trip to Magdalen.”
Earth Wrights, based near Totnes in Devon shares our enthusiasm for playing in the outdoors - which is why we selected them for this project. Founder Mike Jones explains their approach. “We believe that children (and adults!) deserve better than the commonplace metal and plastic play areas, so we design with an areas surroundings in mind, using natural and sustainable materials to bring nature back into play, creating magical spaces that kids will cherish.”
Our new playground features log climbing tangles, monkey bars, climbing nets and all the wood comes from sustainable sources. What’s more, it also meets the latest BS1176 standards for play equipment. The climbing structure has a grass mat safety surface underneath. As you can see from the pictures, it’s already proving to be a hit!