Inspired by nature

Children deserve imaginative, natural play spaces where they can explore and experiment in unstructured and self-directed ways.

Earth Wright’s designs are invitations for children to play freely in a world of their own imagining, while stimulating their innate love and appreciation of the natural world.

Have a look at our portfolio to see our range of tailor-made designs.

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A community hub where art and play meet

Kimberley Park has something for everybody, climbing routes, swings, a tree house, a tunnel and more

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On a mission to get kids outdoors

Collaborating with the National Trust to fulfil their mission to get kids outdoors

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Play and exploration on the Dartington estate

A design that blends perfectly with the natural environment and can be moved to different locations

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Bringing nature play to urban primary school

An exciting play space design that works around a multi-use space

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New playground brings families together

A community playground for all ages with innovative and exciting ways in and around

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Grandmother tree gets new lease of life

A play space designed in harmony with the existing layout of a garden

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Underused space becomes community hub

Community driven playground that provides a meet-and-play space for all ages

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Design for pre-school enhances natural features

A playspace that encourages more outdoor play and forest school activity in the school grounds

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Exploratory play

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This happens when children decide to investigate their physical surroundings, exploring new spaces and ‘ranging’. What they require are places that provide spatial diversity and interest, opportunities to move into unknown territory and environments that stimulate their curiosity and imagination.

Imaginative play

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Playing pretend allows children to stretch their imaginations, create their own worlds and explore real life situations in ways that are manageable for their stage of development. They need flexible environments that they can adapt for their own purposes and which stimulate all the senses.

Quiet play

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We all need time and space to be still and relax. For children this time is vital for integrating the many sensory impressions they encounter throughout the day. Quiet play allows them to rest, dream and refuel their brains and bodies. They need spaces that feel safe, comfortable and contained.

Social play

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Making friends, sharing stories, learning the rules of a new game - children are social beings and play is a perfect way to learn about yourself and other people. In social play children can explore relationship dynamics and learn how to express their needs, establish boundaries and resolve differences.

Physical play

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Children’s minds and bodies grow in relation to their physical environment and require experimentation and challenge to reach their full potential. Physical play helps children understand what their bodies are capable of and allows them to take the necessary risks required for healthy development.

Loose Parts play

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Banging on pots, making mud pies, building dens – these activities teach children about the physical and textural qualities of materials and how different elements fit together. Loose parts play offers sensory pleasure as well as developing hand eye coordination and problem solving skills.