The Bewildernest

Date completed: April 2019
Location: Moors Valley Country Park
Sectors worked with:
  • Local Authority
  • Tourism

Made from over 13 cubic metres of timber, the Bewildernest features a maze of tunnels, a six-metre high periscope look-out tower and an ogre’s lair, as well as a curved tube slide.

By combining two differing and incongruously styled towers with a strange nest of tunnels the structure creates a sense of unpredictability and mischief, sparking children’s innate curiosity and imagination. This is a place of endless possibilities. There are opportunities for physical challenge (climbing, running, sliding) and imaginative play (lairs, towers) as well as rest and relaxation (hammocks and den spaces) and sensory features (native planting).

The Bewildernest was designed so that children of all ages and abilities can play alongside each other. All tunnels are wheelchair accessible and there is a variety of different textures to engage with – rope mesh, planting, metal, wood – which offer sensory stimulation and tactile anchor points for finding your way around the space. Native planting will encourage wildlife and allow children the chance to encounter small animals and mini beasts.

This is a truly large-scale play structure and one of our most adventurous yet! There are lots of different areas for children to explore and ways for them to challenge themselves.

Linda Laker, Forestry England’s Recreation Manager for Dorset

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