fallen oaks set for new life as an organic play area in mid devon

A number of fallen oak trees located at a National Trust property, not far from Tiverton, near our glamping UK Devon abodes, will be upcycled to create an organic recreational play area for children, as long as permits are granted for the planning applications.

Knightshayes Park National Trust property near Quality Unearthed Glamping UK locations.

The mature trees, all of which were felled during strong winds at Knightshayes Park, are set to be hollowed out to form inquisitive tunnels inside the trees, providing alternative and more natural spaces for young children to play.

In documents submitted with a planning application submitted to Mid Devon District Council, the consultants working with the National Trust state the area would offer a “unique area for play and relaxation.”

There were a total of four trees that were brought down in an outward and unusual pattern in high winds back in February last year. Initially, there were thoughts pointing toward removal and replanting, however it has now been decided that the park will keep the tree trunks and use them within the landscape to form climbing and den areas, fashion a tree swing, and create a family picnic spot. A team of specialist craftsmen will be brought in to remove dead and decayed timber in order to ensure all areas are safe.

This new area isn’t only for the children to get active either, as it has been revealed that there will also be an adult fitness area too, complete with monkey bars so that adults and parents can get active as well.

The play area would feature the following;

  • A den area
  • A climbing and balancing area
  • A tree house
  • A rope swing
  • The adult fitness station
  • The seating and picnic area

Additionally, the den will be formed by hollowing out some of the trunk at its base, making a tunnel inside the tree. The whole area has been created to encourage den-making by children, using branches to fashion their own hideouts.

Consultants involved in the plans say that while accepting access to certain sections of the oak equipment will not be fully inclusive they have taken measures to ensure that certain areas of the equipment are beneficial for children with disabilities.


Image: David P Howard under Creative Commons Licence.

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