Lymington and Pennington Town Council

Emsworth Play Park is Refurbished!

December 2021

Lymington and Pennington Town Council is located in the south of the New Forest covering a mixture of rural and built-up areas.  Lymington and Pennington have a selection of play areas which are all maintained by the Town Council. Eibe Play was asked to visit the Emsworth Road site to improve the current facilities they previously had. Stuart Evans our most experienced playground consultant met with Luan Dray to discuss how eibe Play can manage the refurbishment the parks site.

After a very successful discussion Stuart and Luan agreed on the installation of a Rope Tree Stork’s nest with metal post and some resurfacing, along with some Bonded Rubber Mulch to benefit the swings that were previously installed at the site.

Eibe’s rope tree storks nest was installed to the existing play area. This is a brilliant piece of climbing equipment perfect for young mountaineers. In discussions with Luan Dray, Stuart suggested Bonded rubber mulch surfacing to be installed under the swings that were located at the park previously. Bonded Rubber Mulch is a protective flooring which is produced by shredding recycled tyres. This gives an overall look of wood chips. Eibe suggested the rubber mulch as it contains 90% recycled tyre rubber and is very durable.

On completion of the parks refurbishment Luan Dray commented on Stuarts success of the parks project saying, ‘ Stuart has been a dream work with. He has been prompt in getting quotes, replying to emails and liaising with the installation team and play inspection company. Brilliant service from start to finish. It has been a pleasure working with Eibe from start to finish.’  

The story behind Washbrook Farm

Climb, swing, slide and balance – there’s lots for children to enjoy including a zipwire, trampolines, and our pirate ship, the Sheep Ahoy!

September 2021

Washbrook Farm is located on Brighton Road, against the beautiful backdrop of the South Downs. Travel by Car, Bus or Train. The Farm is in a perfect location for all forms of travel. With a selection of animals, tractor rides, indoor play and the incredible 2 acres of outdoor adventure, there’s heaps to experience. It’s the ideal destination for families looking for a whole day out.

Jessica Nelson, Park Manager, has worked with eibe over the last few years to ensure the farm’s playground was maximised in terms of play value and visitor usage. Already in place is a seesaw, alongside some bikes for the kids to ride on, the Harvester Play unit and the Sandpit. Late last year, eibe introduced the Washbrook team to the dynamic new Snake Swing. The snake swing is the perfect edition to the play area. It takes a joint effort to make the swing go really fast, it teaches children to work together which encourages social skills. Let’s also not forget the Fire Engine - Talk about something for everyone!

Back in the autumn of 2019, eibe’s veteran consultant, Stuart Evans, advised the Washbrook stakeholders that a new eibe Tractor was to be showcased at the Holiday Park and Innovation Show at the NEC in November. Keen to always have the latest trends, an order was placed and the fantastic wooden play unit, complete with two carriages, was heading to West Sussex.

Washbrook Farm is constantly on the look-out to extend their innovative play equipment which entertains the young ones. Working collaboratively with eibe play Washbrook Farm is able to provide regular additions to their fantastic 2 acres of outdoor space. The main unit currently situated in the play area is the Santa Maria Ship, this adds to the attraction’s powerful play offering and complements key play elements. More recently eibe presented a brand new ‘Off-Road Jeep’. The off-road jeep play unit features a detailed engine compartment and driver’s seat. There are endless climbing opportunities, balancing and role play to be explored, so it looks like 2021 will be an incredibly busy time for not just the owners, but for many visitors to the farm as well.

Kelling Heath Holiday Park - Norfolk

Kelling Heath is set amongst 300 acres of rare open heathland

Summer 2021

Kelling Heath is set amongst 300 acres of rare open heathland in an area of outstanding natural beauty. It also sits very close to the North Norfolk coastline at Weybourne. The site is a very popular family destination and offers a wide range of recreational & leisure activities. Eibe was awarded the tender at the start of the year after they presented their environmentally-friendly play park designs that utilize their sustainable hardwood Robinia, guaranteed to last well over a decade.

Eibe’s thoughts behind the design of the park considered the park's natural surroundings especially the diverse range of wildlife including the Red Squirrels. The Squirrel’s Drey design was chosen to reflect the fact that Kelling has successfully bred over 30 kittens since joining the national red squirrel breeding program in 1999. The Steam Train Adventure was a great addition to the fact the Park is an official halt on the North Norfolk Railway’s famous Poppy Line between Sheringham and Holt – something Mr Durrant says informed the choice of the official opening. The use of subtle theming was well designed to enhance the aesthetic feel and reflect the heritage of the site. Eibe has done an exceptional job in creating the themed adventure-style course for children of all ages and play values.

Andrew Munden, NNR general manager, officially opened the new equipment at Kelling Heath Holiday Park in July this year. Mark Durrant, park manager, said. "We’re really pleased with the new additions and hope they will inspire a natural love of the outdoors through imaginative play.”

Daedalus Common

Daedalus is one of the prime locations for any aviation, aerospace and core manufacturing business in the Home Counties.

Steeped in history and set amidst a stunning seaside landscape, Solent Airport (formerly known as Daedalus airfield), welcomes visitors all year round to its beautiful coastal location. 
With progressive plans for the future to make it an even more attractive family attraction, Fareham Borough Council have recently installed a brand-new aviation-themed playspace courtesy of eibe Play.

eibe was awarded the tender at the start of the year, and despite the obvious difficulties the pandemic of 2020 has caused, the team were delighted to officially open Daedalus Common Play Area recently.

Working alongside Emma Watts, Lead Office at Fareham Borough Council, the new playspace is notable for two main reasons: the themed nature of some of the bespoke equipment and surfacing, as well as the comprehensive all-inclusive products, meaning children of all abilities can enjoy themselves for hours.

The stand-out feature is the tailor-made plane with wheelchair access; other inclusive equipment of note is the Wheelchair Roundabout, Satellite Carousel, Stand-up Seesaw and Nest Swing. 

Elsewhere, there is a delightful Kamet toddler unit, surrounded by Wetpour graphics to highlight the themed aspect once more.

Future plans include a café and car park extension, so Daedalus is set to have a really busy 2021 – as long as our play areas can remain open!