Randall Thorp secured planning approval for a series of exciting new Spaces for Imaginative Play (SIPs) at West Cambourne.

The concept of SIPs were introduced by Randall Thorp on Cambourne. They are small informal natural play areas that encourage imaginative free play that appeals to all ages. They should be incidental, discovered within the natural open spaces positioned along greenways or within the country parks.

Four SIPs were designed for Phase 1 of West Cambourne: Southern Swansley Park SIP, Swansley Park SIP, The Wetlands SIP and Sheepfold SIP.

Southern Swansley Park SIP will be set within a stand of pine trees at the woodland edge. Natural play features such as fallen logs will compliment life size wood carvings of friendly bears and giant toadstools to bring the ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’ theme to life.

Swansley Park SIP has been inspired by archaeological finds from a pre-medieval settlement at West Cambourne. Large grass mounding, a timber stockade, draw bridges and ditches will create the feel of an abandoned motte and bailey.

The Wetlands SIP is situated amongst wetland carr woodland planting, with stepping stones and logs that challenge visitors to enter a a wild ‘reedbed’. People can observe wildlife from the raised decking or picnic area.

Sheepfold SIP is nestled amongst woodland on the edge of Sheepfold Green, with a hidden art trail. Mounding, boulders and fallen tree trunks provide further opportunities for natural play. A picnic area provides space for relaxation in the woodland.

Randall Thorp looks forward to delivering these outcomes over the coming years, watch this space...



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