Super Spiro Gyro!

This year we have been lucky enough to have won a budget for a new play item in the Copse play area at RHS Garden Rosemoor

Much deliberation has taken place since getting confirmation of our funds, over what we should spend our money on!

Due to the very natural environment of the Copse (it is a small piece of oak woodland), the style and type of item has to be in keeping with both its surroundings and the other play items it’s joining. Added to this there were the space and safety parameters I had to balance in making the choice. In short, the item needed to have a low fall height so as to avoid the necessity for unsightly, wet-pour rubber surfacing, and a reasonably small footprint/swing area to fit in the spot I had earmarked.

Ellie and Daniel Balsdon on the Spyro GyroI decided to contact a local play equipment supplier to get advice, and what a great move that turned out to be. He invited me to come to his works yard to view some recently refurbished second hand items he had in stock. As soon as I saw the Spiro Gyro, and he told me the price, I knew it would fit the bill; a sense of relief suddenly hit as I realised all the searching and deciding was done.

All I had to do now was convince the rest of the management team that this was the right choice. Luckily they saw the pluses it had to offer too, and within a week I had secured a Spiro Gyro for Rosemoor.

The final act was to get it installed, which, with the support of our garden team to prep the site and make the log edging surround to contain the play bark, went very smoothly. One final addition was made by adding a thick rope wrapped around the central upright to soften its metal presence and help it blend into its new home.

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