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Ideas and Questions through Signs

Signs are a great way of making people think about the opportunities for play around them. All sorts of sign formats can be used, such as formal, decorative or temporary notices.


  • ‘What’s that smell?’ (Near balsam poplar, pine, fir, honeysuckle, wild garlic or stink horn)
  • ‘Did you hear that?’ (Beside aspen or near a stream).
  • ‘Do not disturb the troll’. (On a bridge).
  • ‘Hug a tree! You know you want to’
  • ‘Are you lost?’
  • ‘Are you nearly there yet?’
  • ‘Please walk on the grass’
  • ‘It’s behind you!’
  • ‘Keep off the ground’
  • ‘Don’t look up!’
  • ‘Bet you can’t stay dry / clean here’.
  • ‘Last person through the gate is tag’.
  • ‘Free stick to all forest walkers. Pick your own.’
  • ‘Christmas pine cones: A free gift from the Forestry Commission’.

Useful contacts

Contact the landscape architect or graphic design team for details of specifying timber signs or structures.

Last updated: 8th March 2016

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.