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Natural Playspaces

It is of increasing concern that younger generations are less and less exposed to natural systems and variety, as playgrounds are made up of predefined and generic spaces which tend to limit use to one activity or age group.

Our aim is to provide strong connections with nature, and by doing so provide a range of experiences. Through the use of various spatial areas, experiences and materials, we hope to encourage children to take control of their play activities, to stimulate imagination and to conjure personal expressions from within themselves.

Sensory Planting

Without request, many of our designs are sensory in nature.

 

 

Botanical Traditions - Planting Design

Plants play a key role in the presentation and usability of a site. Good plant design considers all aspects and conditions of a site along with long-term maintenance. and viability.


Ideally, when it comes to the initial size of plants for School situations larger trees and installed shrubs are preferred for their instance impact. However, a much greater range of Trees is available in smaller sizes.It is also well understood the use of plants improves health and general wellbeing. In addition, the use of trees can reduce energy consumption related to heating and cooling. A garden with shade trees and hedges to mitigate the impact of win can decrease heating/cooling


Unfortunately, unlike a building, a landscape design is not installed at its mature visions.  Time is required for it to grow and mature. 
Annuals also have an important role to play, with seasonal colour and produce having a positive impact on health and wellbeing.
We will always look to a selection of plants suitable for use, pairing with the style and character of building design and neighbouring areas.  These may be hardy exotics, native plants or indigenous and ones, if suitable, recommended for use by local council in a specific area.


A range of plants, sizes, forms, maturity, textures and colours will be used throughout the space. Other characteristics may include:
· Careful use of plants to mitigate and frame views, provide screening and climatic protection, and define space where appropriate,
· Productive areas where vegetables can be grown (if requested),
· Low allergy, easy-to-establish, and also have low maintenance requirements (if requested),
· Planting around entrances and in key designated areas will create a welcoming and inviting ambience, and
· Characteristics and tolerances reflecting site conditions and required functions of the planting/outdoor areas. 

Plant selection is based on the site soil and other conditions. Our Planting Plans are generally complex, as out aim is to provide variety and interest through colour, textural contrast and texture.

Biophilic design involves the creation of a built environment with a focus on the utilisation of plants, natural materials, light and ventilation to increase the physical wellbeing and mental contentment of those people who use the space.  A build environment includes buildings and any constructed landscapes. 
Rapid urbanization has resulted in dense environments and buildings dominated by grass, concrete, cars and other hard surfaces. This has decreased exposure to plant life and good air quality as well as access to natural sunlight. It is estimated the young and elderly now spend over 90% of their time indoors.  The design of good outdoor spaces enables and attracts people. Public spaces are very important and can play a key role in encouraging people out into the fresh air if designed well. Have a look at some of out commercial projects.


Yet important research coming from fields including neurology and endocrinology, have scientifically validated the positive psychophysical and cognitive benefits.
Incorporating plant life into the home, school (early years, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary) yand work environment is not a new concept. Today we understand human beings have an essential need to be connected to the natural environment—it is critical to our ability to function and develop. Introducing biophilic elements increases health, wellbeing and performance, and has the most benefits when used in areas where people experience stress such as fast-paced work places, medical facilities, highly urbanized areas and work places requiring creativity.  These elements also attract nature, in particular birds back into spaces. We believe that productive gardens are suitable for inclusion in many different spaces.