Seating and Shelters
Often a structure is required that acts as a gathering place, to give focus to a lesson held outdoors or a quiet contemplative space. These areas don't need to be a stimulus- they need to be understated or peaceful areas allowing children to focus on teachers or tasks set.
This school were keen to develop an underused quiet area, set to the side of the busy playground. This provides children with a more intimate and contemplative space, available at playtime and lunch.A series of conker pods were created, their form reflecting the shape of a conker husk found on a nearby horse chestnut. The school were keen to provide a similar structure, but for a full class or nurture group to use as a base or story area. The structure was designed to reflect the spinning jenny seed form of a sycamore under which the structure was sited.
A secondary school in Doncaster wanted to re develop the site where a memorial tree had been planted some years ago. The area had fallen into disrepair and Countrywide Landscapes were contracted to carry out the work. Lewis Morgan Creative Timber were subsequently asked to design and create an oak raised bed with integral seating. The area is now a space for quiet socialising and contemplation.
"Lewis's work has added another dimension to the services we can offer schools and private clients. we're really pleased with the quality too"
Mike Bowling, Countrywide Landscapes
A school in Rotherham were keen on developing an un used part of their grounds. to access the field, a series of steps were installed, evocative of a coastal path. This lead to to a shingle 'beach' area. Around the shingle, sculptural seating was installed, reflecting coatal wavebreaks or 'groynes'. The space is used for story time and P for C activities. It also gives the school a space from which 'forest school'activities can be started, and is a base from which children can explore the wider school grounds.
One school wanted a WWII victory garden- an allotment garden and potting shed themed to the Y6 topic. Artefacts were provided to kit the cabin out to create an authentic 40s feel- scales and weights to measure out seeds and produce. An Anderson shelter was constructed nearby to act as a creative writing stimulus. 'Grandads potting shed' was a theme for another schools eco garden, constructed with a series of raised beds.