Manufactured by our own skilled workforce at our Worcestershire workshop we can provide bespoke answers to all your fencing and special project needs.
HFN provide fencing applications for a wide spectrum of clients including commercial, social, agricultural, local authorities and building contractors.
The types of fencing that HFN supply and install include;
Ornate fencing to individual clients design. Our specialist on site steelwork fabricator can work to your design to create any specification of fence or gate, for further information please email email@example.com
How Natural Play Helps Children
Metal and plastic swings, slides and roundabouts have their place and can be great fun, but there is a growing body of scientific and anecdotal evidence supporting the view that natural play areas are more inclusive of different ages, better at stimulating the imagination and less likely to provoke negative responses.
In particular, Design for Play, a DCSF and Play England document by Shackell and others, published in 2008, highlights ten key principles of successful play spaces which, according to Play England’s advice document Better Places to Play through Planning, should be considered alongside quality assessment. Set out in the panel below, starting with the natural play approach makes it much easier for any scheme to meet these common-sense, appealing guidelines.
Natural play areas fire the imagination. A mound can be a castle one moment, a ship the next. A raised path a runway for a large child, a tightrope for a small one.
By their size alone, natural play features tend to attract children of one age range, without rejecting those of others.
By the nature of their shapes and the materials used, natural play features are less inviting of vandalism, and harder to damage.
By working with the landscape, natural play areas are more likely to be special places in their own right, valued by children and the community at large.
The Design for Play principles (Shackell and others, 2008)
The golden rule: A successful play space is a place in its own right, specially designed for its location, in such a way as to provide as much play value as possible.
The flexibility and combination of styles featured here show the creatability and craftsmanship of the HFN timber design team. HFN are happy to explore and enjoy opportunities of working designs from a variety of timbers to obtain the best possible result. Natural Play environments utilise play pieces from natural materials and HFN are pleased to work with the client to enable their design to reach fruition as demonstrated with the tractor shown below.
Contract Sum: £164,327.52
Contract period: 20 weeks
Set in the grounds of the 16th Century Oak House, this adventure site utilised clearance and excavation works, drainage to the large shipweck sand area with dry river bed created with stones set in concrete.
Willow screening installed creating a natural backdrop with log walling around the play area. Standing stones erected across the site with concrete foundations to Health and Safety specifications, and play equipment installation including wooden log fort. Softened with planting beds and turfing with a lavender maze feature.
Contract sum: £58,000
Contract Period: 5 weeks
A Natural Play scheme with speaking tubes, a climbing wall and huge canons fire imagination within this simple yet adaptable environment with swings, pike fence and boulders, all encompassing natural materials to enhance the area.
The rampart shields built atop a 'bridge of boats' reflects the historical theme of the Worcester Civil war in 1653 when roundheads crossed the rivers Teme and Severn using this concept. Crawl tunnels open up options of play and the pikes based on historical weapons make excellent steps to the mound and adapt as resting seats.
Installation period: five weeks
Description / Principal Features:
First phase of the redesign and renovation of an existing community play area.
All timber creating a natural environment. Geared towards creative stimulation with ample open turfed areas, meeting stones and pencil maze, with longer grassed areas and standing stone for interactive play.
Installation period: ten weeks
Description / Principal Features:
City park in a large local authority housing area.
Emphasis on communal meeting points and learning skills areas.
Features include natural stonework, climbing frames, felled tree trunks and embankment slides.