With the coming of Spring with the promise of warmer weather and lighter nights, my thoughts always turn to my garden. A lovely garden is a haven, a place to relax and unwind, a place to enjoy being outside with a book or a glass of wine, to let the cares of the day disappear. But if you have a young family, then the garden is not just your preserve, you need to make sure it is a place that you can all enjoy.
So how can you do that?
Create a play area for your children
A garden is a fun place, and if you add the right elements it can also be a godsend come school holidays and the weekends. If you have children, have some lawn space where they can play safely, whether it be kicking a football around or playing with outdoor toys. A lawn area gives you a base for a paddling pool, or a set of goalposts and only requires the maintenance of mowing.
It is also worth investing in some sort of large play apparatus. A climbing frame is great, a climbing frame with slide is even better as it avoids the need to have to buy both a climbing frame and a slide. Wickey has some really fun and sturdy examples that will help your garden compete with the best of adventure playgrounds and will ensure hours of imaginative play for your little ones.
Wickey’s frames include versions that incorporate climbing walls, or have the appearance of pirate ships. You can also have a netball/basketball net for another element of fun. They also help to keep your child fit and active, and can be used by more than one child at a time, which stops those playtime arguments.
Wickey climbing frames are made from pressure treated solid wood which makes them hard wearing and durable. They also come with a 10 year guarantee on all the wooden components, and have been extensively tested for quality and safety. They are literally toys that your children will be able to enjoy for years and years, especially as they can be adjusted to your own choice and you can add extra features if you wish, to keep changing the playing experience.
With your lawn, and your play apparatus in place, it is also worth investing in some toy storage for smaller items like bats and balls and cones. This could be in the form of a shed, but some feel that sheds just get filled with rubbish, so a smaller, heavy duty plastic chest may be a better alternative and will help keep your garden tidy so that you can enjoy it when the kids have gone to bed.
How do you keep your garden child friendly?