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Explore Our Nature Play Range

Our Nature Play product range is predominately made up of products using Robinia Hardwood - other hardwoods and pine are used where appropriate. Each unit we create is unique and we let the grain dictate how we use each piece.

The use of European Robinia is totally sustainable and it is at the centre of our Nature Play range - it features in our themed play units such as our ships and playhouses while also featuring in our traditional play equipment such as swings and springers.

The strength and durability of Robinia Hardwood is ideal for our obstacle courses with the end result being a challenging and fun experience for all children.

What is Robinia?

Robinia is the tree with many benefits - it replenishes the soil with nitrogen, it burns well and produces a dense, versatile timber. It is native to Eastern America and was introduced to Europe in 1602. The tree grows worldwide but it is most profilic in Germany, Romania and Czech Republic.

It is our wood of choice due to its versatility, strength, uniqueness and durability.

Robinia Aftercare

Wood is a living material and will change over time due to weather conditions which adds to the character of the units - during routine inspections its important to note any cracks and contact our after sales team with any queries or concerns.

Explore our range below -

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Robinia Castles

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Robinia Ships

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Robinia Climbing

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Robinia Obstacle Courses

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Robinia Balancing

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Robinia Play Systems

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Robinia Sand & Water Play

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Robinia Swings

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Robinia Springers

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Robinia Playhuts and Playhouses

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Robinia Dynamics

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Robinia Play, act and learn

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Robinia Themed Play

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Robinia Sunshades & Furniture

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Nature Expedition

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Robinia Play Sculptures

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Creating play areas with nature-inspired playgrounds

What are the benefits of a natural playground?

There are many benefits to installing a nature based playground, with mental and physical stimulation bein the main two. They are also ideal for sites that need to be in keping with their surroundings, such as nature woodlands, parks, and other green spaces.

From a cognitive perspective, nature play and natural playgrounds allow young minds to become accustomed to the unusual, rough textures of nature, offering a host of benefits and advantages. Children are able to build a positive association with nature, built from the positive experience they have of playing and engaging with wood, soil and other natural playground surfaces. This is the best way to transition a love of nature into adulthood.

Additionally, nature play encourages children to step out of their comfort zone and engage with textures and objects that they have never come across before. This willingness to discover new things is incredibly beneficial, helping boost attainment within school alongside creating positive habits and behaviours that stay with you into adulthood.

Physical benefits of nature playgrounds

There are also physical advantages. The natural versatility of wood makes a brilliant playground equipment material, and our vast range can cater for all manner of physical challenges.

From obstacle courses and springers to natural playground climbers and commercial wooden swing sets, we have created wooden playground equipment that covers all major ranges. Each of these options permits different physical development opportunities, allowing children to practice both fine and gross motor skills depending on the specific playground equipment in question.

Through this, it’s possible to combine nature’s innate cognitive benefits with the physical development strengths offered by other playground equipment designs.

KOMPAN Craftsmanship

With a growing demand for strong and durable hardwood, KOMPAN have a factory exclusively dedicated to products made of Robinia wood. This ensures we always work with the best types of materials and have full control over production to deliver the highest quality to our customers

On all Robinia nature play structures you can choose your finish:

  • Untreated - The unpreserved wood will patina over time blending in with the surroundings

  • Brown Pigment - Maintain the glow of the original robinia

  • Painted - The colourful choice for a unique play solution

Key Facts about our Nature Play Robinia range

  • Organic, environmentally friendly and can be FSC certified

  • Naturally occurring preservatives make it resistant to rot, humidity and water

  • Low levels of fabrication give posts natural winding curves and bends

  • Native European wood that is naturally strong and durable

  • Built to last with up to 15 years warranty

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As part of our environmental footprint, we introduce Robinia to a complimentary range of long-established favourites, like swings and climbing frames and it is perfect for sand and water play. We also use its strength and ‘friendliness’ to make obstacle courses challenging, not intimidating.

Your walk with nature play starts here.

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Frequently asked questions

What is Robinia?

Robinia is the tree that gives everything. From replenishing the soil with nitrogen, to burning like coal, to providing the source for an exceptional honey, to being one of the most dense and versatile timbers. It is also a sustainable source. A native of eastern USA, where it is called black locust, it was introduced to Europe by the king of France’s gardener in 1602. That tree still stands in Square Viviani in central Paris. The tree can now be found growing around the world. In Europe it is most prolific in Germany, Romania and the Czech Republic. It is the wood of choice for KOMPAN because it brings strength, durability and individuality to each design.

Which lasts longer, man-made or natural materials?

The answer in KOMPAN terms is neither – with proper care they both should last a playing ‘lifetime’. Robinia wood has a 15-year warranty. If there is one difference the man-made Ecocore™ has a lifetime guarantee, it looks as good on day one as day 10,000, wood on the other hand matures and can often seem more welcoming with age.

What kind of after care is needed for Robinia?

A caring eye is foremost. Being part of nature at KOMPAN we let nature take its course. Most often this adds ‘character’ – the grain and knotting of wood are part of the attraction - but where the natural development might threaten structural safety, the warranty comes into effect.