With a keen desire to renovate their outdated playground, Barnardos Warrawong engaged Shaw Landscape Group to design and construct an exciting new outdoor nature based play space.


Taking a fond trip down memory lane, our team began demolishing the existing landscape to establish a blank canvas. This was then followed by the set out of various playful ‘zones’.

To help foster a meaningful connection with nature, a collection of tactile and inclusive elements suitable for varying ages and abilities were introduced. For ‘active’ play, a custom built timber bridge overlying a meandering dry riverbed was installed, alongside a series of raised log steppers. To replace their existing ‘plastic’ cubby house, a timber teepee and seating area was constructed, as well as sandpit tables and a working mud kitchen with running water. Cobblestone paving, sandstone seating logs, raised herb garden beds, edging and a fresh injection of turf, textural ground covers and plants were installed.

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