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August 2020

Ashill village outdoor play area gets a zip wire

Ashill play area gets a zip wire

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Ashill village is serious about outdoor play for children and have a fantastic range of play equipment including a lovely traditional wooden see saw, a birds nest swing a series of rope walk equipment, springies and climbing bars. The one thing that the children were missing was a zip wire and a wooden play tower.

So we got to work to build them a Knowle Castle tower with a variety of different activities with a central platform, including a slide, a climbing ramp with ropes, net and a fireman’s pole on each side. Built to last these wooden play towers come in all shapes and sizes and all come with our 20 year guarantee.

We then designed and built the wooden supports that are required to hold the zip line. In some parks zip lines use existing structures often trees to anchor the zip wires. At Outdoor Play we use substantial wooden A frames that are cross braced to ensure they are structurally sound and strong enough for even the biggest kids ! Built using sustainably sourced treated timbers the zip line A frame supports are then sunk in to the ground to provide a very strong frame.

Play equipment installations across the UK

At the starting end a launch ramp is installed to give the children some height to ensure they travel the whole length of the ride and make it to the other end. Below the zip wire we installed the safety surfacing which protects children from injury should they jump off but also protects the grass below preventing it from becoming worn and water logged in the winter months.

With the finished support frames in place, the zip wire threaded and tensioners adjusted, we fitted the pommel style seat and then gave it many test runs which went very well.

Zip wires are great fun for children of all ages and indeed some adults and are present in play areas across the country. Whether you have a village play area, a holiday park or country park a zip wire is a great addition to your play equipment.