The Kite Park Playground

Berkeley Homes and the award–winning Adventure Playground Engineers have demonstrated the potential of FSC-certified hardwood at the award nominated Kite Park playground in Kidbrooke. Here, Ashwells Reclaimed Timber (FSC®C007915) who reclaimed, repurposed and supplied a range of hardwood products for the project, explains more…

Ashwells playground (© Ashwells Timber)© Ashwells TimberAshwells Reclaimed Timber is actively working to support sustainable construction, and want to see the reuse of tropical timber increase to 50%.

That’s why the collaborative projects the team works on with civil engineering contractors and landscape architects are so important and the BALI award nominated Kite Park Playground in Kidbrooke is an outstanding example.

The Kite Park Playground, Cator Park, Kidbrooke is the design of Ashwell’s client Adventure Playground Engineers (APES) in consultation with HTA Architects for Berkeley Homes.


Reclaimed Greenheart puts the smile back into playtime

Ashwells Timber playground (© Ashwells Timber)© Ashwells TimberWorking with main contractors Elite Landscapes, the APES park design includes a range of slides, swings, climbing bars, nets, tunnels, a swale with natural log crossings, a climbing wall, and cast iron stepping stones locally made by children in community workshops run by APES.

The design brief was to ensure the site was as ecologically sustainable as possible using reclaimed and recycled materials. To make this possible, APES sourced FSC-certified Greenheart timber, reclaimed by Ashwells at the request of building and civil engineering contractor Bam Nuttall during the 2018 Woolwich Ferry upgrade project.

Deb Davies Tutt, Managing Director of Ashwells Reclaimed Timber says – “The Greenheart timber featured in this project would have first been felled in Guyana, before being imported into the UK as virgin sections. Too often tropical timber such as this is sent to landfill. However, thanks to Bam Nuttall’s decision to reclaim tropical timber from the Woolwich Ferry Terminal upgrade project (eighty 18m long piles, equating to eighty rain forest trees), valuable resources have been saved and flow in a circular way. With our FSC-certified reclamation and re-purposing, and APES sustainable design approach completing the circular economy loop.

Through this shining example of the sustainable treatment of waste, and sustainable design – families and children moving into the new affordable homes development by Berkeley will appreciate the beauty and durability of Green heart timber for generations to come.”

Rainforest trees saves by this project – 3 Jarrah and 13 Greenheart.


For designers, architects and specifiers seeking to increase green design best practice, Ashwells has produced a free eBook ‘How to Include Reclaimed Tropical Timber in Sustainable Design’. The eBook includes a useful guide to the quality and ideal uses of the timber species available, as well as details of the reclaimed timber pitfalls to avoid.


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