Crow Wood Playscape, Lyme Park, Cheshire. National Trust
Davies White were commissioned by the National Trust to design & deliver an innovative new flagship play space for the in a historic woodland in the grounds of Lyme Park in Cheshire.
The hilly woodland setting and historical location was the inspiration for the design of the scheme, along with the aspiration of local children who spent time in the woodland imagining their perfect play space. The top of the hill has play features that emphasise height; high platforms, high slide and views over the treetops so it’s easy to image you are swooping around like a bird. On the low side where it is dark and shady, there are play features for those who like to be on the ground, in tunnels, making dens & digging in the sand.
Crow Wood Playscape is a sensory experience, offering play to children of all abilities, and giving the chance for parents and carers to engage with their children at play much more freely. The steep slope meant the only way the contractors could install the ten metre high pyramid timber towers was to use a Sikorsky helicopter. The scheme took 6 months to build and soon became a tourist attraction within itself, it even has its own logo and merchandise range.