The natural play area at Winkworth Arboretum

Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey

Nestled amongst birch trees and without a plastic slide in sight, the natural play area at Winkworth stands ready for afternoons of tree-mendous adventure. With fun features for all ages, it's a brilliant way to stimulate children's imaginations and encourage enjoyment of the natural environment.

The play area was designed by a local scout group and is built using sustainable British oak and robinia. The structures follow the organic forms of their materials to create quirky features such as a chunky branch den and a staircase carved into a huge fallen oak trunk. Each feature is linked, combining a natural climbing frame, wobbly bridge, balance beam, rope bridge and more to form a varied and adventurous trail.

Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey
Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey

The natural play area is open during the arboretum's normal hours, and can be found by following the track opposite the toilet block.