Outdoor Learning Space

West Sussex
An outdoor classroom and a playground for reception-age children
The brief from the school was to provide a flexible and stimulating learning space that could not only accommodate music, play and other sensory learning activities but could also help children to participate in and learn about the importance of plants, their uses and how to grow them.

Built by The Outdoor Room

The design features a sinuous path from which extend several areas intended for music, storytelling, construction play and other activities, all surfaced in wet-pour rubber in shades of green to harmonize with the natural environment. A long fence made up of huge coloured pencils, all set at different angles as if tumbling from a pencil case, is used to separate the garden from the adjacent playground. The whole garden is surrounded by planting and several areas extend right into the space to encourage close interaction with the plants. Species, especially herbs, have been chosen for their use as well as for their sensory qualities; be it taste, scent or sound. Many of the plants have also been selected for their attractiveness to wildlife and there is also a woodland area where children can learn about insects and their role in the ecosystem around them.
By designing a creative and dynamic space that encourages interaction with and learning about horticulture, wildlife and the wider landscape from a young age, we can encourage school children to become engaged with and appreciate the value of gardens and public spaces in a more intimate and confident manner.
Covid 19 UpdateWe're Still Working!

Despite this being a very difficult and worrying time for us all our design studio is still working. We are still taking enquiries and giving consultations, albeit not face to face.
We can still make visits to your garden to carry out assessments and record site specific information by following government and NHS guidelines. We can enter via a side entrance or similar and stick to social-distancing guidelines or even have a consultation over FaceTime.
Now is a great time to make plans and to get out and enjoy your garden and the health benefits it brings. We need our gardens more than ever at the moment so please do give us a call.