In 2012 we developed proposals for a new nature play space at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve. The reserve covers 600 acres, with the River Wensum running through the site. It was the location of the BBC programme Springwatch from May 2008 to 2010. Our concept was based around reconnecting children with nature and using playful and edible horticulture as the tool to weave the space together.
We worked in collaboration with the architects from White Design Associates and the animation team from Room60. The project was developed further after our involvement and was opened in 2014 and called Wild Rootz Play Space. An indoor nature play facility soon followed which is called Hootz House.
"Pensthorpe is already a great place to show children nature – I know that from taking my own three youngsters there. But with the coming of Wild Rootz, Pensthorpe takes this to a new level: opening children’s imaginations, and offering a real alternative to sitting in a darkened room staring at a screen for hours on end." Stephen Moss, Author and TV Producer.