What's the safest surface?
Loose Materials correctly installed to the manufactures instructions are as safe and much cheaper than the "pour in" type of impact absorbing surface. Sand, bark, wood or rubber chips all work well but will need raking out and topping up now and again. Pros and cons discussed here..
Falling from Height
Most accidents are caused from falling from slides, climbing frames, swings etc. So if you are thinking of adding play structures at a fall height of 1500mm or over you will need to pay more attention to the surface of the play area under and around these play structures. More on this page....
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3 What are the best materials to surface a childrens play area.
I have installed most of the usual surface materials including bark and rubber chippings but in recent years with council led health and safety gone mad the cost of installing "safe" surface materials for children's play areas has become expensive and out of reach for most of people. Our councils, as usual, have led the rush to spend our money on totally over the top and unnecessary play area surface installations.
The commercially available playing surfaces you see in parks, schools and other public play areas, favoured by our councils are too expensive for most off us to install in our gardens. They need specialist installation as most come in liquid form and are poured onto a prepared surface, in the same way as concrete, The price of installing this kind of safe children's play area can be prohibitive .
Rubber mats are the best way to form a safe play surface outside
How can children play safely outside without getting muddy! These rubber mats with a Rapra critical fall height of 3m rating, mean you can lay the mats around Playground Equipment knowing you are complying with BSEN 1177.
Each mat is 1500mm x 1000mm x 23mm thick, covering 1.5m2 . The mats are made out of high quality recycled rubber, Installation is simple, just follow the simple instructions
Heavy Duty Rubber mat 1.5m x 1.0m
Safety Floor under swings, playground equipment
Rapra Tested with a critical fall height of 3m!
Sold to councils up and down the UK
Grass grows through the rubber mats and can be mowed!
What about building a Boules court for you and the kids
Play bark, play bark surfaces
Rubber chippings, rubber chippings surface
Synthetic turf, artificial grass
Combining gardening and play, create a child's garden.
Sensory gardens for children Sensory garden design