Timber Playgrounds

Timber Play

We create unique hand crafted playground equipment using Robinia timber. The equipment is specifically designed to harmonise with the natural environment and is perfect for natural play designs. The product range is amongst the most imaginative and creative on the market. Children love the many opportunities for role and physical play that the products offer.

A range of standard designs are available, but we are also able to make unique products to fit around a certain tree, slope or produce an entire concept specifically for your play area.

What makes the products unique?

  • Each piece is made from bespoke materials by crafts people.
  • Every piece of equipment is truly unique.
  • The equipment is designed to harmonise with the natural environment.
  • It is playground equipment that makes children smile.
  • People feel naturally attracted to the equipment.
  • The products are very tactile.
  • The products are made from sustainable materials.
  • It is made without any chemicals or preservatives.
  • The wood provides a natural texture that aids grip and feel.

Technical specifications

  • Basic construction: Robinia, naturally grown, unplanned. Dimensions and shapes may vary, since tree trunks are not completely straight.
  • Connections: A2 Stainless steel threaded bars with self-locking nuts and caps.
  • All screw connections in stainless steel.
  • Platforms: Robinia or oak panels, approximately 3.0 cm thick.
  • Roofs/walls: Robinia or oak panels, approximately 2.3 cm thick.
  • Beams: square timber oak/Robinia, approximately 5 x 8 or 8 x 10 cm.
  • Nets/ropes: 16mm steel core nylon rope from Berliner Seilfabrik.

About Robinia

(False Acacia / Black Locust)

Robinia Pseudoacacia is a temperate hardwood with the resistance and durability typically found only in tropical hardwoods*. A native of North America, it is now grown widely throughout Europe especially in Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. The Latin name ‘Robinia’ honours a French gardener, Jean Robin, who introduced the tree from North America in about 1600.

It is one of the most frequently cultivated deciduous trees in the world.

It is grown in a sustainable fashion - it’s a fast growing commercial crop.

Thanks to its resistance to abiotic and biotic influences, Robinia has a very special position amongst European woods.

Robinia is the only resistance class 1 wood variety that is cultivated in Europe, making it a very safe material and ideal for children’s playground equipment.

It will typically last in excess of 30 years in the ground without any form of preservative!

Unstained wood will age to a silver grey over time and never needs to be painted or stained in order to improve longevity. We do use a lot of colour but this is for aesthetic reasons only.

As a member of the pea family it has nitrogen fixing nodules on its root system and so it can be used to colonise areas

of extremely poor or previously contaminated soil.

Approval and inspections

All pieces of equipment are pre-assembled at the workshop and self-certified to EN 1176. Post Installation inspections are

essential to confirm the unit has been built and re-assembled in accordance to current standards.

Maintenance and Spares

The equipment requires little maintenance except that of re-staining, where applicable. Spares are readily available.

Timbers can be modelled as required to fit a unique space.

The Janka Scale

* Wood is tested for hardness on the Janka scale. The results can be used to determine how well a wood will withstand dents, dings, and general wear and tear

The Janka test measures the amount of pounds-force (lbf) or newtons (N) required to imbed a 11.28 mm diameter steel ball into the wood to half the ball’s diameter.

Robinia wood is classed as very hard (7,560 N), but at the same time very tough and elastic.

By comparison; Teak achieves a result of 4,740 N, Iroko 5,610 N, English Oak 4,980 N and Scots Pine 2,420 N.

Due to its hardness Robinia wood playground equipment will withstand many generations of children playing.