Robinia Themed Play
Full speed on imagination, cognitive and language development
The elements within Robinia Themed Play draw on familiar connotations, e.g. a boat, house or gas station, that help children explore the world from a child’s perspective and gain an understanding of their own place in the world. Children tell their play story to each other as they play, which is a great language stimulator.
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Robinia is the preferred material for KOMPAN’s nature inspired playgrounds. Known as Black Locust in its native USA, it is now an intercontinental plant, having first been introduced to Europe just over four centuries ago.
The Robinia tree itself is a triumph of nature. As a tree, at every level it performs. It grows in poor soils, it feeds nitrogen into the earth encouraging other plants, it flowers to be the source of Acadia honey, its leaves breathe out Co2. It adapts well in urban areas, gracing many boulevards and streets. When cut as timber, the stump regenerates and grows back quickly. It is highly sustainable. The timber is fine-grained, strong and resilient; it naturally repels fungi and bugs - the perfect material for long-lasting nature based playgrounds.