Mike Jones: Speaking at Family Attraction Expo

Mike Jones

Earth Wrights Ltd

How nature inspires good design – creating irresistible playgrounds

About Mike Jones

Mike Jones is passionate about play. He is lead designer and director of Earth Wrights Ltd, a pioneering company specialising in the design and build of natural play ‘habitats’ – environments that inspire imaginative, unstructured and self-directed play. He believes all children deserve beautiful and stimulating spaces which meet their instinctive play needs, and he enjoys getting kids involved in designing and building their own playgrounds. His work has had a major influence on educators, councils and housing developers by both communicating the value of natural play and offering practical, affordable solutions.
His designs can be experienced in hundreds of locations from London to Land’s End, including Kimberley Park in Falmouth, National Trust properties such as Lanhydrock and Cotehele and the Eden Project.
Recently Earth Wrights completed designs for the new Children’s Play Garden for The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, the highest profile new play space of 2018.

Many people’s most treasured holiday memories are of exploring and playing freely outdoors. Nature is the perfect playground and can teach us invaluable lessons in how to design stimulating spaces that meet children’s need for physical, social and imaginative play. The best, and most enduring, playgrounds do away with the ‘all bells and whistles’ approach of conventional playground design and instead use strategically placed elements to draw children into unique ‘habitats for play’ that keep them coming back for more.

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