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Play path

An interestingly designed and constructed path provides a variety of play opportunities for those with the imagination to create their own adventure or game. This path at the Eden Project winds round mounds and site features; it can represent a journey or be used as stepping stones.

How to build

  • The line of a play path should be carefully planned to incorporate interesting site features such as mounds, trees and shrubs.
  • Avoid following low-lying areas where water is likely to pond. If ponding is likely to occur raise the level of the stone above the finished ground level to provide stepping stones.
  • For a stone or boulder path, strip the top soil and compact the subsoil to make firm foundation. Then place stones on a base of 40 mm dust or concrete to stabilise and level. Backfill with gently compacted topsoil. Sow grass seed and keep people off until the grass has had its first cut.


Instead of stone slabs, slates or boulders consider using loose material such as gravel or bark to create ‘dry streams’. Create some concrete cast slabs us ing potter y clay on a board to make a mould (eg. leaf, snake, fossil, bones, skull).

Last updated: 8th March 2016

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