New wood chip

New wood chip

Every May the Park’s two play areas get a makeover. With over 1/3rd of a million visitors to the site each year they both get well used and need regular maintenance. The reason for the additional time at this end of year is to complete any remedial work , and new installations, before the annual inspection.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) inspects all the registered play facilities in Hampshire each May as part of a county-by-county rotation across the UK. This is an independent process and the Park is only informed once the report has been produced. The focus is on both the play equipment and the safety surface.

The Juniper Play Trail was installed by the Park’s Rangers who are also trained by ROSPA to carry out their own regular inspections. In QE’s case these are done every Monday morning. The safety surface is woodchip which is processed on site with the primary purpose of supplying the biomass boiler which heats the main centre facilities. The chip specification is classed as W40:G50. Simply put this means that the moisture content will be below 40% and the average particle size 50mm. Seasoned hardwood or softwood can be used.

This year several trailer loads of new chip have been spread across the trail to maintain the required depth at 300mm. In addition one new piece of equipment has been installed.

More information about the work of ROSPA can be obtained from www.rospa.com/leisuresafety/playsafety

New play item

New play item

 

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