Heartlands Adventure Playground
The site was unused for many years, but rather than being destroyed the council instead chose to develop Heartlands into a free cultural playground. With a huge £30 million investment behind it, the site is a bold development which encompasses botanical gardens, interactive exhibitions and artistic studios.
LUC’s innovative landscape designers created the Diaspora Botanical Gardens, the park and the Adventure Playground , which celebrates the heroism, ingenuity and sheer bloody-mindedness which resulted in the Cornish 19th Century success in deep metal mining. The park is inspired by Cornish identity, innovation and culture, creating an imaginative and inclusive site.
The largest free playground in Cornwall, the Heartlands play area uses an exciting array of equipment, including a play ship and ‘The Giants Trap’, a bespoke wooden climbing structure. In addition, the playground boasts an extensive Giant’s lair, with sand play area with diggers, subterranean tunnels and a sand transportation system. An oversized giant’s footprint creates a focal point within the landscaping, providing opportunities for experiential play with collected water and a link to fantasy role play.
The equipment has been selected to appeal to children of all ages. The Giants Trap serves as an irresistible draw for families who clamber from one end of the piece of kit to the other. LUC selected a number of very unusual pieces of kit, including the see-saw carousel, a large scale piece of equipment that combines the fun and excitement of a see-saw and a roundabout.
Boulders are used throughout to create opportunities for adults to sit, children to leap. These natural features alongside grass banks, planting and winding paths all go to create a very pleasant environment for centre users to enjoy.
Vicky Martin, Chief Executive of Heartlands comments on the role of play within this exciting development:-
“Play is a huge part of Heartlands’ ethos and the adventure playground is a terrific draw for families. Designed by local children and inspired by Cornish history and legend, the playground is the largest and wildest in Cornwall. Timberplay have been the ideal partner, their enthusiasm has been infectious and they have supported us every step of the way.”
Thankyou to LUC for the images
For more information on Heartlands please visit www.heartlandscornwall.com.
- Heartlands Adventure Playground
- 83-87 Trevenson Road
- Cornwall TR15 3PS
- TR15 3QY