June 18, 2024


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Tom Patey’s Natural Playground at Chapelton | Creative STAR Learning


Early this yr, a pure playground opened in Aberdeenshire that has been named soon after one particular of Scotland’s most enigmatic climbers of the twentieth century, Tom Patey. He was born in Aberdeenshire, educated in medication at Aberdeen College and eventually ended up as a GP in Ullapool. From his college days onwards, he was a prolific rock and ice climber, location up new routes throughout Scotland, several of them now recognised as basic climbs.

Sadly Tom Patey died in a climbing incident in 1970, aged 38. He experienced just completed composing his only book, A person Man’s Mountains. He turned famed – a house identify – on account of a BBC documentary covering the live climb of the Aged Gentleman of Hoy. He was just one of the basic principle organisers of this epic party and a crucial climber. If you care to glance at this video clip, then it is effectively worth also hunting at the shorter video of Catherine Destivelle soloing the exact same sea stack in 1998. It provides a great comparison about how climbing has designed about a 20+ 12 months period of time.

When I heard the identify of this playground, my curiosity was piqued. What options would be made available that recognise the climbing heritage of Scotland? Sadly, at existing, I discovered the playground, although intriguing, definitely doesn’t function climbing in any kind. The closest acknowledgement of a climbing link is the use of webbing to produce a den-like structure in just one component of the grounds.

However, declaring this, my comprehension is that in owing program, as the playground is made use of and evolves with young children enjoying there, other functions may be extra, so most likely this will change. A very good illustration of climbing features in a all-natural playground can be found in the Morialta ‘Mukanthi’ web site write-up which showcased climbing rocks to suit a vary of ages and talents.

The presence of dens and social areas are critical aspects to this all-natural playground. They have been sensitively created to steer clear of 1 dominating the position and there’s more than enough for different teams of kids.

If you look at every single of the social spaces, they are extremely different the two in truly feel and the use of the products in development. The webbing area has a muddy floor and quite open up in sense. The house previously mentioned is plainly outlined and bark chipped.

Previously mentioned the accumulating location is in a quieter place – you have to appear to find it as it is enclosed by trees and a grassy financial institution.

Above you can see this is a grit pit, but it also supports a group to enjoy listed here. The presence of grass developing as a result of, indicates, this is staying missed alongside facet a absence of play traces. Saying that, the playspace is new, and sited away from the key thrust of the town. In owing program much more properties will be built closer to the playground. This will affect on use.

One more defining function is the pathways as a result of and close to the website. These are a blend of buggy/wheelchair obtainable grit surfaces as witnessed over and mown pathways, and all those put on the wee hillocks – see below.

All over again, as the site settles down and becomes topic to better put on and tear, it will be attention-grabbing to see how youngsters enjoying there form the pathways: which new types arise and which types are simply just not component of how young children use the area.

Some functions invite exploration this sort of as the big measures. The dimensions and scale of these are fantastic. There is a very similar set in an additional aspect of the park which is mildly disappointing – I like range and choice so would have appeared for an alternate established climbing techniques. If you glimpse at the Cramond Faculty weblog post, you will see the range of features on the slope close to the playground which help a vary of possibilities. Normally, however, this type of determination is simply a lack of funds instead than creativity on the component of the designers.

Through the playground there are numerous purely natural free components left in situ from new higher winds and rocks that are section of the landscape. This is usually a awesome touch, and numerous have imaginative attraction.

And the natural equilibrium beams surely have a crocodile persona..

A single element I assumed was novel and exciting was the log stack root system. Even though the signs stipulate this is a playground for youngsters 8yrs and more than, there is no question that this kind of features have toddler appeal.

All-in-all, it was fantastic to be ready to visit this playground and that the group have invested in a normal playscape is amazing as section of producing the new city little one-pleasant. The use of organic functions has been great and it is clear good use has been created of what’s currently in position: regionally readily available resources.

There had been also flags that could be hoisted about the park, with children’s perform featured…

A single key focal point was the swings. Amazing to see amidst the normal options as small children normally like a mixture of traditional playground tools and normal spaces.

Lastly, I could not discover any reference to who has made this house, which is a pity as I alway consider a minimal acknowledgement goes a extended way. My gut sensation is that this is the operate of Judi Legg and Sue Gutteridge or a designer who has been motivated by their do the job. I’ve blogged earlier about Judi and Sue’s work listed here.

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