Stu­dents de­sign new ways to play

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements - by Ella Copeland ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­

SOUTH Kent Col­lege de­sign stu­dents have col­lab­o­rated with a Kent man­u­fac­turer to put for­ward new ideas for chil­dren’s play­grounds. Plane and Sim­ple, based in Chart Sut­ton near Maid­stone, pro­duce wooden play­grounds for five to 11-year-olds, and are look­ing for new con­cepts they can man­u­fac­ture. Nigel Moon, owner of the com­pany said: “We’ve shown them how to trans­fer a great idea into some­thing that is prac­ti­cal to make in our work­shop. “I think they strug­gled at the start to un­der­stand the con­straints of work­ing with wood, but if they don’t get to grips with that then their dreams would never be­come re­al­ity.” Stu­dents vis­ited the firm’s work­shop to see how their pro­pos­als could be turned into real play­ground equip­ment, af­ter mak­ing scale mod­els and pro­duc­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion of their ideas. Themes were in­spired by ev­ery­thing from outer space to di­nosaurs. Stu­dent Ben Hil­lar, from Ash­ford, in­cor­po­rated nest­ing boxes and feed­ing ar­eas for dif­fer­ent an­i­mals at dif­fer­ent heights in his scheme. Plane and Sim­ple pre­sented each stu­dent with a £25 iTunes voucher to thank them for their work.

Lec­turer Martin Dod­kins, back row right, with stu­dents from the col­lege and their cre­ations

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