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Timber Playgrounds – Reasons to Love Them

by | Aug 11, 2023

Play Workshop are in love with timber. It’s a beautiful material with so much character and warmth.

Why should you love it as much as we do? Three main reasons:

  1. Use of natural materials in playgrounds allows children to reconnect with nature in our increasingly urbanized, manufactured, and highly structured It is aesthetically pleasing and blends well to the environment and its surrounds. Further it is warmer to touch in winter and cooler in summer.


  1. It is called “the ultimate renewable”. Trees use sunlight to convert water and carbon dioxide into oxygen and glucose through photosynthesis. The carbon is extracted from the atmosphere and the resulting glucose becomes energy for the growing tree, producing cellulose and starch and other products necessary for growth. The carbon is captured and stored in all parts of the tree. In fact, approximately 50% of a tree in dry weight is carbon.

Wood has a much smaller carbon footprint than popular building materials such as steel and aluminium. That’s why the responsibly sourced timber used in our playgrounds can help play part in tackling climate change when used in preference to steel and plastic playgrounds.

All Timbers we use at Play Workshop are processed through sustainable forestry practices, with timber sourced from Forestry NSW under the Sustainable Managed Forest Policy.

  1. Fully customisable, and so fun to design with. Every piece of timber has its own unique grain, colour and story to tell. It can be cut, carved, shaped and put together in infinite combinations. We are not bound by normal factory line constraints. Every item of play equipment will have its own unique character and opportunities to embellish with carvings, paint rings, textures are endless.

We’ve built some amazing timber combination play structures, everything from small log balance arrangements to fill a quiet corner, to large tower structures. Some playspaces are designed to be active spaces with opportunities to climb, use gross motor skills, engage the muscles and challenge the vestibular and proprioceptive systems. For this we build rock climbing walls, install rope climbers and balance items, and overhead challenges such as monkey bars. Some playspaces however are designed specifically for passive play, including yarning circles, reading teepees or cubbies, or small combinations of balance logs or steppers through a garden space. Each product or project is a collaborative process and our in-house design team can work with you to create whatever structure or equipment type you’re after.

Explore your nature play possibilities. Our team is here to help, get in touch today.

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