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Blue Forest have finished work on some exciting new adventure play structures for Pensthorpe WildRootz Play Area at Pensthorpe Wildlife & Gardens!
‘WildRootz’ is an exciting new 2 acre outdoor activity development designed to re-connect children with the natural world. The 7,000 square-metre outdoor activity area will encourage children to play and explore in natural habitats such as woods, fields and streams. Children’s growing dependency on technology, spending less time outdoors and a reduction in wild spaces for outdoor play has underpinned Pensthorpe’s decision to develop the natural play area. The completed development is larger than the Canopy Walk at Kew Gardens and the outdoor play area at Chatsworth House combined. ‘WildRootz’ is unlike anything else that Norfolk has to offer. Set on the edge of Pensthorpe’s existing woodland and park it is a natural extension of the gardens, wetlands, conservation centre, wildflower meadows, farmland and woodland. ‘WildRootz’ comprises of over 30 individual items of play equipment including hills, tunnels and burrows, a giant 11m high winding slide tower called ‘The Worm’,’The Flyway’ zipwire, ‘The Rookery’, trees to climb, shallow streams to wade through and more gentle areas for younger children including a sandpit and, coming in autumn, an ‘Arty Party Barn’ for indoor parties.
Blue Forest have worked with Pensthorpe’s development team on the construction of ‘The Worm’, ‘The Rookery or Giant Nest Maze’ and are currently working on plans for the proposed ‘Arty Party Barn’ to completed Pensthorpe WildRootz Play Area.
The Worm is an 11 meter high winding slide tower (over 3 stories high), which has more than 15 levels inside! It features 3 ‘extreme’ slides at different heights, which end in a large sandpit around the base of the structure. Children get great views over the playground and gardens through quirky windows up the height of the structure. The facade of the tower represents a creative tree, blending in surprisingly well with its natural surroundings.
The Rookery is a gigantic nest and maze made from over 140 timber logs the height of telegraph poles. Finding the entrance to the inside of the nest is a challenge! Children can see the centre of the structure through small openings and winding paths from the ground level, but to get to the maze inner core they have to go through a tunnel access and a hatch opening to the floor above.
“The aim of WildRootz is to provide a healthy and inspiring place for families to have a fun and energetic day out… This is our contribution in encouraging a new generation of Chris Packham’s or David Attenborough’s for tomorrow.”
Deb Jordan, Owner of Pensthorpe.