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Natural Play

The Greensand Trust strongly believes in the use of the natural outdoor environment as a stimulant for imaginative and creative play and as part of our commitment to visitors and to encourage understanding and appreciation of our natural environment we will work towards helping children and young people play happily wherever possible.

We are custodians of a number of countryside sites; woodlands, meadows and other natural and managed wild spaces. Some of these are accessible to visitors and we encourage natural play at these sites. Formal playgrounds with swings, roundabouts and slides are fun but our natural world is sometimes overlooked and can also be a wonderful playground.



After all, great play spaces........

stimulate the senses

have space to move

have a variety of different experiences

are great for social interaction

allow physical activity

challenge and test children

allow manipulation of natural materials

encourage learning about the natural world


There is growing evidence to suggest that natural play environments have considerable play value in that they stimulate imagination and offer the opportunity for increasing confidence and fitness amongst those using the outdoors.

Everyone can play........
If you would like some natural play ideas, why not download these helpful documents developed in partnership.

Download 1: What is Natural Play? (PDF 1.6MB)
Download 2: Information Sheets (PDF 1.1MB)
Download 3: Bear Hunts (PDF 1.07MB)
Download 4: Den Building (PDF 1.5MB)
Download 5: Art (PDF 2.8MB)
Download 6: Play Activities (PDF 2.4MB)