About the Project:
Looking to enhance its visitor attraction we worked with Lotmead Farm to help them create a bespoke, themed play trail for families to enjoy alongside the PYO. The farm owner wanted to make the most of the relatively narrow space available to draw people from one end of the field to the other.
In-keeping with the farm surroundings and brand, the rustic timber play trail offers varying degrees of challenges to engage both younger and older children. Old farm tools and props can be found along the way, adding interest to the trail at varying heights and elevations to achieve a more immersive experience.
Storytelling signage encourages children along the trail where they will encounter a range of climbing features.
A multilevel play tower with tube slide was added as a second phase. The play tower simulates a berry plant where the jam is made. The Berry Plant features a variety of challenging climbing routes of varying difficulty, taking children up to the platform at the top of the structure where they can enjoy views of the farm using the telescope or peephole window or ring the bell if they spot any birds threatening the berries. The route down is via a tall steel slide, taking caution to avoid hot jam!
“Our phase one adventure play development The Strawberry Thief Trail has proved to be a great success, so of course we invited Greenspan back to design and build phase two;The Berry Plant. We didn’t want to go down the ‘off the shelf’ route, so we asked for a unique, exciting and interesting design to help put our farm on the map. We couldn’t have been happier with the result. We’ve already seen a substantial return on our investment”.