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Blog: News

21st January 2020

Top trio lead Playscheme into the 2020s

We're going from strength to strength in 2020 with the appointment of two new Directors.

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18th December 2019

Playscheme shares its top playground design trends for 2020

Playscheme’s Managing Director Steve Danby shares his view on what type of playground designs we’ll be clambering all over in 2020.

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29th November 2019

An animal farm of wooden playground sculptures

Who doesn't love animals?! Here at Playscheme we’ve developed a collection of timber animal sculptures, perfect to complete a themed play area, school playground or nursery.

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22nd November 2019

Playscheme a finalist in the York Press Business Awards

Playscheme has cemented a great 2019 as a finalist in the York Press Business Awards.

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23rd October 2019

Our top five ideas for making your farm attraction play area stand out

We love creating themed play areas. Here, we round up some of our favourite ideas for making your farm attraction play area stand out, all to help you keep visitors on site for longer.

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25th September 2019

Playscheme calls for public playground investment as research shows shift from outdoor play to indoor screentime

We're getting behind the Association of Play Industries (API) “Play Must Stay” campaign, which highlights alarming trends in playground closures and increases in children’s screentime.

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18th September 2019

Why Robinia trim trails are great for kids

Not every play park is made equal in its quality, safety and effectiveness. When it comes to wooden playground equipment for kids, us folk at Playscheme think Robinia timber trim trails outperform other options.

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6th August 2019

Get up to five school sports pitches in one with a MUGA!

What the heck is a MUGA, you may ask? It’s short for “multi-use games area”, which is a fancy way of saying it’s several sports pitches in one. These versatile pitches might combine three, four or even five sports.

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11th July 2019

Playscheme's smart playground is leaps ahead

How much fun can you pack into an indoor play area just 7.5-metres long and 1 metre deep? Leaps and bounds of fun, if you’re Playscheme!

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26th June 2019

Playscheme wins Young People’s Choice York Design Award for Jake’s Treehouse

Playscheme has become the first ever recipient of the Young People’s Choice York Design Award, for designing and creating Jake’s Treehouse.

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24th May 2019

Playscheme & Westminster City Council create Paddington’s perfect playground

It was a year in the making, but we think it was worth the wait: the new play area we’ve created for Paddington Recreation Ground is now open!

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13th April 2019

Loch Lomond holiday park now has its own castle, thanks to Playscheme!

The Inverbeg Holiday Park has an impressive outlook on the banks of Loch Lomond in Scotland. Our custom-designed playground development, with a castle at is centre, has added to the Five Star park’s family-friendly facilities.

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28th February 2019

What’s it like to work at Playscheme?

What’s it like to work at Playscheme? Two of our newest recruits – Harry Lovell, Playground Designer, and Tom Winfield-Smith, Joiner – tell all.

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11th December 2018

Outdoor learning and play space for Bootham Junior School

We transformed the York school’s outdoor learning space for Early Years pupils into an interactive garden and sensory play area.

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21st September 2018

Learning doesn't need to take place indoors!

Bringing the classroom outside for one Cambridgeshire school

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31st July 2018

A fitting tribute to a retiring head teacher!

Lindhead School retiring headteacher gets a surprise send off thanks to Playscheme.

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5th June 2018

Bringing sensory learning to a Cambridge primary school

At Playscheme we tackle all size of project and this design challenged us to the max! Find out more...

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31st May 2018

Tractors popping up everywhere!

Balloon Tree Farm Shop commissions Playscheme for the second time

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15th May 2018

Bringing years more play to a tired play area

Playscheme worked with Thorner Parish Council to create a refreshed playground

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24th April 2018

Otterpool play area transformed!

We've been working on all sorts of fun equipment as part of Otterpool's recent renovation!

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30th January 2018

Outdoor learning comes to Amotherby Primary School

Playscheme has created a new outdoor classroom for pupils at Amotherby Primary School

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18th January 2018

Sourcing an incredible timber

Playscheme's Steve Danby and Steve Paylor travelled to Germany in search of new materials.

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20th December 2017

The Vikings are coming!

We loved working on this Viking boat which took to the skies (briefly) as it embarked on its maiden voyage to Norfolk.

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29th November 2017

The Workshop Update

The workshop are an essential part of Playscheme and their knowledge and experience is priceless. In the run up to Christmas, the workshop is as lively as ever!

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28th November 2017

Celebrating our 20th Birthday

The Playscheme family would like to thank all our customers for supporting us over the years! Find out more about Steve and John's journey to success.

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21st November 2017

Robert Wilkinson Primary Project: Jake’s Treehouse

We recently completed the perfect space in memory of Jake Smith. Our design team worked closely with Jake's family to capture their ideas.

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16th August 2017

Playground Training Seminar with Yorkshire Local Councils Associations

We're proud to have recently played host to a playground training seminar, held in association with the Yorkshire Local Councils Associations.

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12th July 2017

Woodwork with Osbaldwick Primary School

This week we headed to Osbaldwick Primary School to get creative with the children, involving them in an exciting joinery project. They had lots of fun and were so pleased to receive such great feedback from it.

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28th June 2017

Playscheme Awarded Place on ESPO Framework

We're delighted to announce that we've recently been awarded a place on ESPO framework, for the supply and installation of bespoke outdoor play equipment!

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11th May 2017

Creating Beach Cove at Hornsea Freeport

We’re delighted to reveal our recent work creating the brand new Beach Cove at Hornsea Freeport Outlet Village! The huge new play area is at the heart of a major transformation of the site, with the aim of reviving and breathing new life into the shopping destination.

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5th April 2017

New CNC Machine Takes Play to the Next Level

We believe in investing in ourselves as a business and in our employees. With this in mind, we've just invested in a brand new CNC machine!

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8th March 2017

Free Standing Adventure Trail for Peachy Productions

Earlier this year we were approached to create a piece of free standing adventure trail equipment for the annual Camping, Caravan and Motorhome Show by Peachy Productions.

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6th March 2017

How to Spend Your Sugar Tax Funding

The government has recently announced that schools across the UK are set to receive £415 million from a levy on sugary drinks in order to boost a healthier lifestyle. But what does this mean for you and how should you spend it?

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5th January 2017

Playscheme's Best Installations of 2016

2016 was a good old year for us. Take a look at just some of our best installations of the last 12 months.

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29th November 2016

How Apprenticeships are Benefitting the Economy

Apprenticeships are a hot topic of late, and in the light of the proposed apprenticeship levy kicking in next year, we wanted to share our opinion on just how valuable we believe work-based qualifications like this are.

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22nd November 2016

Our Big Photographic Competition Winners Revealed

Earlier this year we announced our first Big Photographic Competition, opening up the forum for schools and public play areas that have had our equipment installed, to take pictures of it in situ and share them with us in the hope of coming away with a fantastic prize for their play area.

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26th October 2016

6 Tips to Keep Your Children Safe this Halloween

Autumn is one of those seasons where there’s a lot going on in the way of events. Leaves are falling from the trees, we’re crunching our way to school and we’re making plans for Halloween and Bonfire Night.

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25th October 2016

Steve Danby Takes on New Role at Playscheme

After quite an eventful and jam-packed year in terms of the sheer amount of projects that we have designed, built and installed, the business and its requirements are evolving quite rapidly.

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9th September 2016

Playscheme Race for Charity in Micklegate Soapbox Challenge

Recently, the Playscheme team took part in the first ever Micklegate Soapbox Challenge in our historic home city of York. As well as great fun for everyone in the company, we were also racing to raise money for Safe and Sound Homes, a charity really close to our hearts. SASH helps homeless 16-25 year olds in York, North Yorkshire and East Yorkshire, and is also our chosen charity throughout 2016.

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18th May 2016

A Collaboration with York St. John University

In January of this year we were kindly approached by York St. John University to launch a project brief on behalf of Playscheme for their second year students. As you can imagine, this was an incredible opportunity for us and we were so grateful to be invited to take part in such an exciting project.

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