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