He decides on the choice and positioning of School Trees either for shelter, screening or viewing. These will ultimately be planted either in open ground or often in large wooden planters. He then concentrates on all the perimeters. For these, he plants a variety of evergreen shrubs.
Robert Sergent-Fairley makes NO CHARGES whatsoever for his consultations and supplies his famous hand drawn school playground designs totally FREE OF CHARGE.
He personally visits each school and spends several hours viewing the Grounds, taking measurements and discussing the children's requirements with the staff. Dependant on the size of the Playground Project, it generally takes Robert 3 days to complete his Design along with an estimate.
Robert Sergent-Fairley is famous for his Stunning and Highly Imaginative Hand Drawn School Playground Designs which fully detail all his exciting Planting Plans together with his Amazing Designs of Play Equipment and Activity Equipment, all of which are hand crafted by his highly skilful Landscape Construction team.
Dependant on the size of each School Playground, he often breaks up the area into “rooms” by means of hedging or wooden fencing.
Still with screening, shading, sheltering and general interest in mind, Robert regularly uses Overhead Pergolas, Arches and Overhead Wooden Walkways between these “rooms”.
He also often includes these as a means of “breaking up” and adding interest to an empty space.
Robert never loses a planting opportunity and covers Pergolas, Arches and Walkways with a stunning range of climbers; these are generally evergreen, flowering and many are highly scented.
Whilst designing each Playground, Robert generally includes at least one multi purpose Wooden School Pavilion. These double as places to shelter and as Teaching or Learning areas.
These Pavilions vary from Thatched Octagonal Open Sided Wooden Buildings to Rectangular Outdoor School Buildings with wooden shingle rooves.
Beautiful climbing plants are used to scramble up and soften these Playground Buildings
Robert is also keen on providing Seating areas in his designs. Sitting areas for children and adults can be provided under trees or inside playground pavilions.
He also designs large Seating Areas immediately adjacent to Activity Areas, Adventure Areas and Sports Areas.
Robert is totally against Wetpour, Concrete and Asphalt and avoids them whenever possible. His Magical Sensory Mosaic Pathways are incredibly popular with children
Play surfaces created from natural sustainable materials are the order of the day.
Robert likes to include a Vegetable and Fruit Garden and a School Digging Area. A pile of old logs, which encourage Wild Life and a multitude of insects - which in turn become a Help Yourself Supermarket to Birds in winter.
According to the size of each playground, Robert designs a Wildlife Environmental Area.
He also plants wildflowers along the hedgerows or in barren areas or basically in every conceivable place available.
If space permits, Robert also allows for a Wet Area or a Bog Garden (complete with suitable plants).
Finally, Robert turns his Incredible School Designs Techniques to School Play Structures, School Activity Areas and School Adventure Trails.
This part of his Schools Design Process is dependant on children's ages and abilities.
Robert designs specifically all his Playground Structures, Activity Areas and Adventure Trails for each individual school.
No two School Playground Designs of his have ever been the same but they are all Traditional, Exciting and Challenging
After site clearance and general preparation, all the Hard Landscaping is conducted - Sensory Mosaic Pathways, Deckings, Soft Areas, Fencing, Brickwork, Platforms, Play Structures, Tree Houses, Play Houses, Activity Structures, Adventure Areas, Music Structures, Pet Houses etc.
All timber used by Robert’s team is from Sustainable Sources; they hand make, hand build and hand construct all the School Play Buildings, Play Platforms, Activity Areas and Play Equipment.
While human-folk slumber,
The fairies espy
Stars without number
Sprinkling the sky.
The Winter's long sleeping,
Like night-time is done;
But day-stars are leaping
To welcome the sun.
Star-like they sprinkle
The wildwood with light;
Countless they twinkle-
The Windflowers white.
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