Archive | October, 2013

Another Natural Play Testimonial

I have just received this testimonial about one of our first natural play projects in Hereford.

“Copper Beech designed and built a fantastic garden at Rainbows Nursery in 2007. The work completely revitalised the whole outdoor area and impacted on how the whole nursery functioned creating an exiciting free flow indoors and outdoors way of working.
The design was imaginative, creative and playful and worked wonderfully within the confines of the site. Use of materials was also inkeeping with the age group, scale of site and focus on recycled material including enormous tractor tyres.
The landscaping of the site breathed life into a dull grassed area and really revitalised how the outdoor space was used as a learning and playing resource.
The children were involved in the process and Jim worked brilliantly with them.
The work Copper Beech facilitated at Rainbows created an exciting playing and planting opportunity and encouraged staff and volunteers to use the outdoor area all through the year. Wet weather gear became standard issue for all children once the garden was built as everyone wanted to be out there whatever the weather!
The garden has stood the test of time and has been used by hundreds of pre-schoolers over the past 6/7 years since its inception and still looks fabulous.”
Toni Cook
Rainbows 2006-2011
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Landscaping Monmouthshire

Another photo update. We landscaped this garden back in May to create a large pond and paths down to the lower section of the garden. Again the stone curbing is from a quarry in the Black mountains and the timber edging is cedar from a local sawmill.

Landscaping Monmouthshire

Pond & paths

Landscaping Monmouthshire

Natural stone edging

Landscaping Monmouthshire

Cedar edged steps


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Landscaping photo update

I have been neglecting the blog some what over summer so will try to fill in the gaps with photos of work we have been doing along with current news.

The photos below are of a driveway we spruced up in May, the curbs were cut on site from natural Herefordshire stone from a quarry just a few miles up the road.

Landscaping in Hay-on-Wye

During work


Landscaping in Hay-on-Wye

Finished driveway

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Natural play testimonial

I have recently received this testimonial from the school in Swindon we build the den building area for. This makes me very proud of the service we offer as we put a lot of effort into giving the client what they want.

Thank you Becky


Copper Beech [Garden]Design was just the company we were looking for to create a natural play area for our school grounds. We searched for a long time to find a company who would share and understand our vision for real natural play, and feel we have found it with Copper Beech. We wanted our children to be able to take some risks and provide somewhere for them to play in an adventurous and challenging environment.  This is just what Jim Morris-Ridout from Copper Beech has created for us. We now have a den building area that is natural, rustic, wonderfully created and beautiful to look at! The buzz and enthusiasm around the area from staff, parents and children has been amazing!

Working with Jim from our first meeting, has been fantastic as he has listened and given expert advice to create this and any future projects. His creativity in design and his ability to see the way that children will want to play in an area has been amazing. The work was carried out swiftly and conscientiously with great attention to detail using beautiful materials.  We would happily welcome Copper Beech back again and recommend them to anyone!

Becky Fullarton

Outdoor Co-ordinator and Class Teacher

St Francis Primary School



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