SchoolPlaygroundDesigners.co.uk is the Schools Specialist, Community Gardens and Special Education Needs (SEN) Playground Company under the watchful eye of Robert Sergent-Fairley, the highly acclaimed London Garden Designer, owner of the Multi Award Winning Belsize Landscapes established since 1642. He is the UK`s leading specialist in the design and construction of amazing Natural Play areas and Natural Learning areas.
Robert is one of England’s most knowledgeable, most successful and highly respected London Garden Designers who now offers his unique natural wood and sustainable timber designs to schools and parks across South and Central England and London.
Robert is the foremost British Schools Outdoor Designer 'in the Government`s Campaign " TO GREEN UP OUR SCHOOLS " His plant knowledge is encyclopaedic and in every school, he works with Nature to create a sense of Drama in his Imaginative Sustainable School Outdoor Area designs
Robert also confirms that he has many styles and textures of Playground Surfaces which he regularly uses ( Grass, Timber , Gravels , Mosaics etc etc ) but he has totally discontinued the usage of Wetpour surfaces ; this is due to the inability of children to play safely on Wetpour surfaces when they are wet or if there has been an overnight frost or if the Wetpour surfaces are old and have attracted dirt into the pores
Robert has never lost his love of Nature; his desire to fill as many spaces as possible with Trees, Shrubs Perennials, Plants in general, Lawns, Bog Areas, Sensory Gardens and Wild flower Areas is self evident in his plethora of his Amazing Planting Designs.
Beautiful, handcrafted sustainable, water features to inspire and intrigue young minds. This was part of a Swindon Key Stage1 and 2 playground design.
An entire playground was revamped using Robert's amazing mosaic patterns - great for kid's games AND they never wear out and need replacing
Beautiful Scientic Gardens, Raised Play Area Platforms, Sensory Planting to die for, Outdoor learning Areas - What's not to like!!
Over the years the company has won some very prestigious awards at well known shows.
All Robert's Playground Designs are hand drawn without the aid of a computer. They take about three days to complete along with an estimate.
A fabulous key stage 1 playground in Birmingham packed full of imaginative features - completed on time and on budget at just £70,000 - Exotic sensory plants, sensory mosaic pathways and much more.
There are many 'must have' features in Robert's playground designs - one of the most requested of late is Mosaic Pathways. These intrigue and inspire young minds.
An award winning inner city nursery playground in Clapham London. Melanie Smith-Brown, the head mistress, describes it as 'heaven on earth' .
Bangabandhu must be one of the luckiest schools in the country - Robert and his team of master craftsmen have just finished an absolutely mind blowing design project for the school. The playground features many innovative design ideas, never before seen in the UK. Shown to the left is a UK first - Gypsy Caravans. When the caravan arrived all lessons at the school came to a halt as children and teachers alike ran outside to get a better look.
Quote from the Head - "I could never have imagined, in my wildest dreams, that our old asphalt playground could have been transformed into such an Amazing Natural Green Oasis, in the middle of our city. The children are very eager to see their new playground finished and incessantly talk about what is taking shape in front of their eyes"
Plant, Garden, and Play Area Design is the core of Robert Sergent - Fairley's family business. The roots of the business can be traced back to 1742 which means the business have been constructing award winning Children`s Natural Play areas for almost 300 years ! !
They have constructed everything from Castles in the 1700`s in Southern Silesia to Leopard cages in old Prussia. They also designed and constructed Childrens Fantasy Tree Houses in the 1800`s for the ruling Sultan of Zanzibar
Back to the present day, Robert would like to see a Wild Flower Area, Sensory Garden or Scientific Nature Garden in every school in the UK. His desire is “for School Children of all ages, to participate in the care and cultivation of their school outdoor areas and to have the opportunity to spend their early formative years in natural green surroundings for their recreation, play hours and their studies"
He also “loathes the Standard Wire Fencing and the solid brick walls, generally erected around School Playground Areas”. He completely “despises the Multi Coloured Modular Play Structures prevalent in most School Playgrounds”. He blames all these “abominations” on the basic lack of School Playground Design Knowledge by other design companies.