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  • Metal or GRP planters – which material is best?
    Find out the relative merits of Metal vs. GRP as a material for planters. This article explores the merits of each material, challenges and opportunities, working examples and guidelines for designers and specifiers
  • Determining thickness and area size for safety surfacing
    RTC Safety Surfaces
    The following information is designed to help assess the depth and area size of safety surfacing required. Depth of surfacing The depth of surfacing required is calculated according to the Free Fall Height (FFH) of any play...
  • Assessing pedestrian slip risk
    Edinburgh College of Art
    Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I'DGO) talks to Rob Shaw – Senior Scientist at the Health & Safety Laboratory – and I’DGO Principal Investigator, Professor Marcus Ormerod, about assessing pedestrian slip risk. ----...
  • Designing large-scale planters in multiple sections
    Bespoke manufacture in metal is the ideal choice when designing planters on a large scale. Production constraints and logistics demand that planters over a certain size will need to be split into more manageable units.
  • Are all self-watering planters the same?
    This summer's heatwave may have created a welcome continental feel on Britain’s high streets, but it can cause havoc for Britain in Bloom groups, gardeners and professional ground staff across the country, especially with...
  • Why do schools need acoustic fencing?
    Jacksons Fencing
    At any school, there will be times during the day when the student population will be outdoors, whether this is before and after lessons, at lunchtime, or during PE. But with many schools located in populated areas, it’s...
  • Decking considerations for moorings, piers & jetties
    Non-slip decking considerations for marina, moorings, piers and jetties Decking is often specified for marinas, moorings, piers and jetties, all of which are typically wet environments where timber can be slippery. Therefore...
  • Sheffield cycle stand or cycle rack - which suits best?
    The highly popular Sheffield cycle stand is the primary choice for councils and local authorities all across the UK. It can be used individually, or as part of a cycle rack, but which one is right for your site? The main...
  • The benefits of encouraging outdoor play in Early Years
    Sovereign Design Play Systems
    Away from the physical constraints of a classroom setting, there are countless opportunities to continue the development and learning of early years children outside of the school building. With an increase in screen time...
  • Forests v cities
    GreenBlue Urban Ltd
    Trees are woodland forestry plants. As soon as we forget this simple fact, we neglect the necessities that trees need and are likely to make mistakes when planting trees in urban locations. A tree in a woodland forest has...
  • Rhythm healing and the power of the drum
    Percussion Play
    From the earliest times drums and their rhythms have been at the centre of social and cultural activities all over the world, in fact it is said to be man's oldest musical percussion instrument. However, drums have not...
  • The importance of recycling
    Furnitubes International
    These days there is a lot of confusing information on the web about recycling and reusing materials. It can be hard to know where to begin when there is so much information out there saying contradictory things. However,...
  • Playground safety - back to basics
    Proludic Play & Sports Areas
    Keeping kids safe in the playground Despite our best efforts, accidents can still take place in playgrounds, but there are steps that we can take to minimise risk. There are many ways that we can turn playgrounds into...
  • How to create a wild garden to encourage wildlife
    Sovereign Design Play Systems
    As natural play continues to dominate the education sector, more Schools than ever are incorporating wild gardens into their grounds to support the national curriculum. From Early Years through to Primary education, learning...
  • SuDS: Time For a Paradigm Shift
    It's time for a rethink on the perception of SuDS and how we can achieve a more sustainable approach to surface water, writes Mark Manning, SDS Business Development Manager. Water Companies have a huge stake in how surface...