Knebworth House, Gardens & Park

The removal of a miniature railway necessitated the need for some new play facilities but with existing extensive play equipment they were looking for something a little out of the ordinary. A trip to the Richter factory in Frasdorf gave them the inspiration they needed and they chose to go for a Forest Fountain comprising two posts and a see-saw pump. In addition they also acknowledged the departure of the miniature railway with a new wooden play train.

Charlotte Murfitt, Park Operations Manager at Knebworth comments:-

“Timberplay were great to work with. They were supportive in helping us choose the right equipment and the installation all went very smoothly. We were keen to use equipment which could be added to over time and we have ear marked a space which we hope that the Forest Fountain will grow into with additional posts and pumps.”

The new play equipment was installed in December 2012 and opened to the public in March 2013.

Knebworth Park also chose to invest in 2 new sound posts to enhance their park. They had been looking at adding a sound dimension to the popular Dinosaur trail, which features 72 lifesize dinosaurs, for some time, but had always found it prohibitively expensive and logistically difficult. They chose to go for 2 Wind-up Soundposts from Timberplay as these represented a cost effective way of adding sound, and as they are self-powered did not require mains power.

The first was installed within the Dinosaur trail itself and has 8 sounds including flying dinosaurs, hungry dinosaurs, a trumpeting mammoth, Sabre Tooth Tiger roar and of course the Tyrannosaurus Rex roar.

The second post features 8 birds and is located within the wilderness area. Developed with support from the RSPB, the soundpost features bird song from 8 species of bird, including regular visitors to Knebworth (i.e. Blackbird and Thrush) and some more unusual guests (Chif Chaf and Nuthatch).

Natalie Wallace, who managed the project at Knebworth Park commented:-

“We are confident that the sound posts will be very popular with visitors. We have added them to our printed visitor trail and made them into a real feature of the park. We have also incorporated the Bird Soundpost into the Schools Activity pack.”

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  • Knebworth House, Gardens & Park
    • Knebworth House
    • Knebworth
    • United Kingdom
    • SG3 6PY