How to design a child-friendly garden

Five helpful tips on how to design a child-friendly garden.


There are always plenty of factors to think about when it comes to designing a garden and if you have a young family, making sure your new garden will be child-friendly is often top of the list. Here we've picked out five ideas that offer safe, fun places for kids to play without compromising on the overall aesthetic of your garden design.


How to design a child-friendly garden

1 Children are inventive, inquisitive and resourceful. Often their imagination makes better use of a garden space when it isn’t specially designed for them.

2 Include an oak timber boardwalk behind an area of decking to transport any small visitors above the planting to a hidden den made from chestnut logs, which blend in with the landscape.

3 Plant some clipped taxus hedging to create discreet partitions and obscure play areas. 

4 Find the sunniest spot in the garden and install a sunken firepit so the whole family has a centre point to gather in the garden together.

5 A large lawn is always a bonus in a garden used by children as it offers them an open space to play outside. 


For more design inspiration for child-friendly gardens, take a look at garden designer Sarah Price's ideas for outdoor play areas here



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