Andrew Smith Timber Creations create bespoke timber playgrounds and structures from Australian hardwoods that are as creative as they are sustainable. These projects have won several awards and can be found Australia-wide.
It is well documented that timber is one of the best playground materials around; it blends with the surrounding environment, is aesthetically pleasing, boasts a host of health benefits, and is environmentally responsible. But where do you get timber for a playground? Why not direct from the site?
Australia is blessed with some of the best hardwoods in the world, but too often trees must be removed for safety or social development and they head straight for the chipper. Andrew Smith Timber Creations rescues these trees, giving them a new life as some of the best playgrounds in the country.
The climbing logs at Lizard Log Park, Wetherill Park
In 2009, Pimelea Park in Wetherill Park needed an upgrade, and the beautiful 80-year-old Greybox trees were dying and becoming dangerous. Playground consultant Fiona Robbé enlisted the help of Timber Creations to save these trees, and make them safe for children to continue to enjoy. From this process, Lizard Log Park was born! Nearly every single piece of these old trees went back into the playground, for climbing, balancing, imaginative play and sculpture. The playground has won many awards over the last eight years.
Amity, the lizard log for whom the park is named
The Stockland’s development in Willowdale was the result of some much-needed new housing in the area. While some existing trees were kept, some had to come down. These rescued trees now continue to benefit the community in Willowdale Regional Park. Timber Creations inspected the timber for possible uses, supervised the tree lopping, and when the landscape was ready in 2016, the playground was brought to life. Now Willowdale has an iconic park, made from truly local timber.
Park creator himself, Andrew Smith, testing the Cubby House slide at the Willowdale Regional Park
Willowdale Regional Park.
In addition to bringing natural playgrounds to children across Australia, Andrew Smith Timber Creations also create a huge range of hardwood elements, from small portable pieces to huge multi-level play structures. The experienced and knowledgeable team provides unique personalised design services and will work with architects and engineers to adhere to project design specifications.
The timber steppers at the Willowdale Regional Park.
For more information on the bespoke timber creations that Andrew Smith Timber Creations produce, send an enquiry and speak to the team directly today.