Even happier families – NEW Children’s Garden coming soon!

July 6, 2020 - Richard Wendorf

Taking inspiration from nature, our landscape, and Native American culture, we are creating, with the Green Play Project, a magical space where children can engage with the natural world and American culture. This will be a place for families of all ages to spend time together.

We are making use of the natural contours of the site and existing mature trees to frame the vistas into the Limpley Stoke Valley. Natural materials will help the garden sit within the landscape, where children will feel encouraged to interact with and identify wild flowers, birds, and animals.

The play space will feature an elevated ‘nest’ overlooking the Parkland, a long rope swing suspended from a mature oak tree that will propel children high above the ground, and a multi-level climbing tower will also provide a dramatic feeling of height. It will be accessed in different ways — from nets, ladders, and a climbing wall — and will be linked by a net walkway.
An intimate circle of bespoke sculptural pebble seats, by the artist Ben Barrell, will mark the entrance to the garden.

All of this will be surrounded by natural plantings that will enhance the feeling of being lost in woodland so we are planting a mix of native UK plants (such as hart’s tongue fern) and American woodland plants (such as bleeding heart and dog’s tooth violet).

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