The new adventure play park, spread over 300-square metres, is on the Dumfries House estate in Ayrshire, Scotland. It is hidden six metres up among
The new adventure play park, spread over 300-square metres, is on the Dumfries House estate in Ayrshire, Scotland. It is hidden six metres up among the trees on the estate and features elevated rope bridges, a netting tunnel, two side-by-side racing slides and a tube slide.
The park was commissioned by Prince Charles’ charitable organisation, The Prince’s Foundation.
It has been designed to encourage youngsters to immerse themselves in nature, in an effort to promote physical and mental well-being in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The central tower took inspiration from Prince George’s tree house in the future king’s Gloucestershire home, Highgrove.
It was originally built for Prince William and Prince Harry in 1989 – to celebrate William’s seventh birthday.
The tree house was built around an old holly tree and nicknamed “Hollyrood House” in a nod to the Queen’s official residence in Scotland.
Tucked away in an area at Highgrove known as “the stumpery”, it was previously accessible only by a rope hanging through a trap door.
The trap door has now been replaced by a holly leaf-shaped door, since Prince Charles refurbished the tree house for Prince George in 2015.
In a statement, Gordon Neil, executive director of The Prince’s Foundation, said: “The work of The Prince’s Foundation is inspired by HRH The Prince of Wales’s philosophy of harmony: that by understanding the balance, the order and the relationships between ourselves and the natural world we can create a more sustainable future.
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Paul Travers, of Creating Adventurous Places, which designed the structure, said Prince Charles thought the park was “great fun”.
He told Press Association: “He thought it was fantastic.
“He didn’t go on the slide but he encouraged the children to go down and he watched them as they raced.
“I think he said ‘Let’s see how fast you can go’.
“He did go across the suspension bridge.
“He enjoyed it and said it was great fun.”
Mr Travers said the adventure company did its own research on Prince George’s tree house, adding: “It’s loosely based on the tree house in terms of shape and form.”
Creating Adventurous Places also worked on a recent adventure play area on the Queen’s Sandringham estate.