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Cone Pool

A large area of pine cones provides a quirky, safe surface to play on.

How to build

  • Find a piece of ground that is not going to act as a sump and collect ground water.
  • Excavate the ground to a minimum depth of 300 mm. Lay 100 mm diameter perforated pipes 2 m apart ensuring that water will be dispelled to the surrounding ground. Alternatively create a soak away with clean stone A large area of pine cones provides a quirky, safe surface to play on. Cone pool 40–100 mm in size. Line the depression and drainage elements with a porous membrane making sure that it is well tucked in to the surrounding soil at all edges. Fill with pine cones.
  • Because loose materials tend to migrate it will be necessary to top up on a regular basis. At Jeskyns the cone pool needs topping up every three to four months.

Alternative loose materials

  • Instead of pine cones, create a bark play space.
  • Other loose materials: Pea gravel, sand, sticks, leaves, seeds (conkers, winged seeds).
Last updated: 8th March 2016

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