Kaye Roberts-Palmer is a local culture enthusiast and garden designer who loves all things green and groovy and getting out and about. Discover more of her ponderings at: www.bluebeegardendesign.com.au
Published July 3rd 2015
Whispering forests with magical boats
Looking to ignite your child's imagination and outdoor play experience?
There's is a whispering forest in the heart of Docklands. From the outside it looks like a row of trees, but step inside underneath the canopy of blue, grey Sheoaks, and hear them sighing when the blows. Follow the narrow gravel paths through the forest and end up in the central open space and the heart of the dry creek bed. Situated along the creek are study boat structures that look like seed pods, and when tucked inside it's easy to imagine you are off to the land where the wild things are.
What's different from a lot of open air playgrounds, is the trees are an important play element. Kids can use their fertile imagination to uncover hiding places and discover their own stories as they run around the multitude of tree trunks.
I like that this is such a small simple playspace with a minimum of elements encouraging games with its own atmosphere and mystery.