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Colston's Primary School A Co-operative Academy

Celebrating Diversity, Learning Together

A Design for the Cotham Grove site playground ... drawn up by our community for our community

Initial designs were commissioned by school in 2015. These were put out for consultation and have since been further developed based on the consultation outcomes. These plans have been very well thought through with input from our whole school community.

The final, tantalising playground masterplan, drawn up by a volunteer parent who designs gardens, Karen Sillence of Dragonfly Gardens. It is based on sound educational rationale with an emphasis on providing children with as much opportunity for natural play in green surrounds as possible. Final touches are being concluded in consultation with staff, children and parents.


Dragonfly Playground Design

 (better image coming soon ... but this gives you a good first impression)

As per community consultation outcomes key features include:

  • forest school areas
  • story circles
  • digging and gardening zones
  • a greenhouse
  • bike and scooter park
  • a mud kitchen
  • a variety of adventure and imaginative play areas with a climbing and play equipment to suit all ages and stages
  • a dedicated fenced off area for multisports and undercover areas for outside learning


Here's the shopping list (££s coming soon ...) - overall cost around £100,000 - we're aiming to raise £70,000 by end 2018 via 70th Anniversary Playground Fundraising Appeal

AREA 1: Front Playground 1: Forest School Area



story circle of logs (semi-fixed)



remove tree?

AREA 2: Front Playground 2: Wilderness area


Whole area needs resurfacing - remove tarmac and add soil

climbing bloqx

Two Rowing Boats sunk into ground

Log circle (moveable)

3 x tractor tyres poss more

Two willow houses

Mud kitchen

Wild flowers



Trimtrail / Adventure equipment

AREA 3: Main School Gate Entrance Area


Bike and scooter parks

picnic benches x 4 maybe more


Beatuful new entrance gates

AREA 4: Redwood Tree play area


Remove tarmac, dispose of, ship in soil

Woodchip / mulch / tree bark


hiding / crawling tunnels

AREA 5: Main Rear Playground: Sun Garden


planters to fit between the school building windows

AREA 6: Green Oasis



Trees x 3

Shrubs x 6 or more

AREA 7: Multi sports

Fenced off multi sports astro turf area

AREA 8: Outdoor space, climbing wall, flower Garden


Outdoor space around climbing wall: Flower Garden

long planters x 2

corner planter x 1



shrubs and plants for planters