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Care and Protection. Safety Surfaces Options

No playground is complete without safety surfacing to cushion falls and stumbles.

Safety surfaces are designed to cushion the impact when a child falls from playground equipment and therefore reduce the severity of an injury. Safety surfaces make play equipment and playgrounds safer and more accessible for children of all ages and abilities.

At Outdoor For Schools, we recommend that a safety surface is installed under all outdoor play equipment with a free height with a fall greater than 0.6mts. If the existing surface is tarmac or concrete, then we recommend that safety surfaces should be installed underneath all your school playground equipment regardless of the free height of fall.

Our playground safety surfacing options include:


Play Bark

Play bark is an economic loose fill safety surface for playgrounds that can be installed using either a raised or sunken pit to a depth of 300mm for a critical fall height of 3 metres. It is very attractive and especially younger children love the texture.

It can be used as a playground surface but also in planters and play pits. Play bark should meet two standards – BS 4790 (ignition resistant) and BS EN 1177: 1998 (an Impact Absorbing Playground Surfacing test).

Our sales consultants at AEL will be able to advise you how much play bark you need for your school or nursery play installation.

Play bark does require frequent attention to ensure the correct depth is maintained. Talk to AEL about our annual contracts.


Rubber Matting

Rubber matting over grass is a great safety surface option for schools and nurseries as it combines that natural feel of grass but ensures the surface is safe if an impact occurs.

It is installed over grass that grows up through the matting and can be mown normally.

The matting also protects the grass so you get no more worn out areas or muddy patches. Play matting has a critical fall height of 3 metres.


Wet Pour

Wet pour is a hard-wearing, slip-resistant continuous rubber safety surface. Wet pour may be laid in standard black or a variety of colours and patterns. This surface is professionally laid on site and varies in thickness depending on the equipment and fall height required. Wet pour is a premium quality, hard-wearing, slip-resistant surface that requires very little or no maintenance. This surface must be professionally laid on site and varies in thickness depending on the equipment and fall height required.

Your trained ‘Outdoor For Schools’ team will measure up, undertakes the groundwork and preparation as well as the lay the wet pour rubber safety surfacing.

We can also add coloured shapes, school logos, game markings and lines to add flexibility and added value from your school play safety surface.


Synthetic Play Grass

Synthetic play grass is textured, easily laid and is always ready for play. Also known as ‘artificial grass’ safety surface, it is never wet, muddy or adversely affected by sunlight. The surface will not graze the skin and provides a sterile surface. Children stay clean and do not bring any mess inside.

Synthetic grass or artificial grass safety surfaces for school play areas is easily laid onto a prepared surface. Artificial grass safety surfacing needs very little maintenance and is guaranteed for five years.

Playgrounds that have artificial grass safety surfaces enjoy the technical performance of a synthetic grass but which looks, feels and performs like real grass.

Play grass has a critical fall height of up to 3 metres

Bonded Rubber Mulch

Available in a range of colours, the bonded rubber mulch requires minimal groundwork preparation and can be installed directly onto grass or existing hard surfaces.

At Outdoor For Schools, all our playground surfacing options are carefully installed to meet both your own requirements and fulfill European standards EN1176 and EN1177.

Points To Consider When Installing a School Playground Safety Surface

Your Outdoor For Schools sales consultant will help you decide on the correct safety surface for your particular school or nursery play area. Factors to consider include:

  • Type of play equipment
  • Cost and budget
  • Durability
  • On-going maintenance costs
  • Aesthetic appearance
  • Maintenance
  • Climate in your local area