Explore our nature play equipment
Our Nature Play category is dominated by one word, one hardwood, Robinia. We use other wood species e.g. pine where appropriate, but the arrival of a new shipment of Robinia at our Brno factory is a moment of excitement. That’s because Robinia is a joy to work with. Its strength is held in its grain and we let the grain dictate how we use each piece of timber. In turn, it rewards us all by making every Robinia structure and feature individual, every Castle telling a different tale, every Play System a unique challenge.
Totally sustainable, the European Robinia is more than just a component material, with its strength, durability and potential it is at the centre of our Nature Play range in the Villages, Ships and Playhuts and Playhouses. It turns from Play Systems, Obstacle Courses and Themed Play. Robinia Springs are beefed up versions of the springer family.
Robinia Playhuts and Playhouses
Robinia Obstacle Courses
Robinia Play, Act and Learn
Robinia Sand & Water Play
Robinia Themed Play
Robinia Sunshades and Furniture
Robinia Play Sculptures
Robinia Play Systems
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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.