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Tree Fu Tom Training Camp

(Tree Fu) to transform into a tiny but mighty magical superhero. Tom meets with his friends in the enchanted world of Treetopolis, where all kinds of adventures takes place. The Tree Fu Tom Training Camp

playground has been designed for children of all abilities, but particularly for children with dyspraxia. The equipment design therefore incorporates carefully selected sequences of movement put together by movement specialists to help children with dyspraxia to develop important foundation motor skills. It is hoped that practising these movements will benefit all children but especially those with dyspraxia and other developmental coordination disorders. Tree Fu Tom park creates a physical

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS tasked Russell Play with creating an outdoor play area at Alton Towers theme park based on the BBC children’s TV show Tree Fu Tom. The Tree Fu Tom Training Camp forms

part of the park’s CBeebies Land, a larger themed play area based on programmes shown on the BBC children’s channel CBeebies aimed at children of nursery/primary school age. Designed for three to five year olds, the TV

programme Tree Fu Tom follows a young boy called Tom who can use ‘movement magic’

Treetopolis-like environment where children can join Tom and his friends for adventures through running, jumping, climbing, sliding, pushing and pulling, swinging and gliding. It is a place where they can learn Tree Fu moves through play and complete Tree Fu training at the Spell School. They can visit all of Tom’s magical friends and places from Ariela’s Ranch to Zigzoo’s boat. Russell Play worked with Spielart, who

produced the bespoke, timber play equipment to meet the movement sequences specified by the children’s specialists. The Spielart products also had the appropriate natural wood feel that was central to the look and feel of the play area. Active play for public grounds

MILDENHALL PLAYING FIELDS near Marlborough, Wiltshire has received a new playground from Sutcliffe Play. Designed to encourage fitness and active

play, the new playground is being installed in two phases and features equipment suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities. The first phase includes the installation

of a Tangle Trail and Teepee from the company’s Orchard range, a range of environmentally friendly equipment which


encourages physical, challenging play and social interaction. It comprises wood-based clamber units and trim trails which help to improve balance, strength and coordination. The playground also features an inclusive

basket seat, a hill slide and a mound tunnel. The second phase of the design will see

the addition of outdoor fitness equipment including a cross trainer and a fitness bike.

BRADLEYS SURFACING SYSTEMS teamed up with Infragreen, manufacturer and distributor of tree planting solutions, landscaping products and specialist water management systems, to provide a bespoke outdoor play surfacing area for Bearhugs Nursery in Horncastle, Lincolnshire. The nursery provides childcare for babies

aged 0 to two and children up to five years old, and more than 100 children will have access to the new outdoor facility. The new play area sits alongside a nature

area, vegetable plot and pets corner. Measuring 120sq m, the area comprises a variety of coloured and textured sufaces including an alphabet, snake and hopscotch, some of which were cut by hand. All of the synthetic turf was installed with a shock adsorbing underlay. The new play area is the first in the UK to

incorporate Infragreen’s sustainable PermaPlay technology, a modular sub-base replacement for stability and drainage.

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