Robinia Swings


New classics in wood

The swing is ‘the classic’ playground icon. It conjures up an instant image, but one that is today open to modern interpretation. The swing is no longer just a piece of wood attached to a horizontal bar by two bits of rope. Swings today are not a solo exploit, rope nests and the coco wave open it up to communal fun by being on the same seat or on frames which allow a virtually any number of swings. KOMPAN’s five-way swing takes another fresh look at the classic with a pentagon-shaped frame that means the children can opt to move in and out of centre and towards each other – or conversely.

Introducing Robinia to the swing story, ‘softens’ the look, marries play to nature. The process of swinging is part of a child’s nature and growth. It trains balance, coordination and spatial awareness. These motor skills are crucial in being able to judge distances accurately, navigate traffic safely and sit still in school. The spinning motion helps balance neurological activity in the brain, and this is connected to the belief that children sleep better after playing on a swing.


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Swinging is one of the most compulsive of playground activities – it is not uncommon for children to stay on a swing for 20, 30 or even 40 minutes. The child evolves with the swing. From a baby safety held in an enclosed seat, to being pushed by an adult, to gaining independence by swinging alone and then comradeship by joining friends on the bird’s nest or coco rope.

Robinia is the preferred material for KOMPAN’s nature products. 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 play features. 

How do we get started? 

Finding the right products from the extensive range is the starting point. We encourage you to click and to be inspired by the amazing playgrounds we have installed around the world. Our very competent and experienced support team can then help you translate your wish list into your unique outdoor solution. Feel free to contact us and ask all your questions, or to receive a quote.

Are the seats held by chains?

No, clanging unreceptive chains left the playground a long time ago. Rope, the same as used in the Corocord play nets and pyramids, along with steel brackets, is the mechanism that allows swinging.

Can all types of seats be combined?

KOMPAN has designed single and multiuser seats for toddlers and older kids. All seats can be combined into the swing sets bay-by-bay.

Are the wood posts available with steel footings?

Yes, KOMPAN has designed a steel footing solution that elevates the wood from ground level.


Need advice?

We have nearly 50 years of experience, and will support you throughout the project.

 

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