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Awarded by The Landscape Institute, 2013

Research in play

”Jono Burgess, winner of the student dissertation prize, has chosen as his topic for examination of how play can foster independence. What is particularly interesting is that he has not just looked at good play and bad play surroundings, but has developed a system of measurement and appraisal… The great play spaces of the last few years have been designed largely by gut feel. Jono Burgess’s research just might help the next generation to become even better.”

Ruth Slavid, Editor of Landscape Institute journal, 2013

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Link to abstract from ‘Enabling Creative Independence in Child’s Play’ (

Bidwell Brook win award for Treehouse!

THE Treehouse Project at Bidwell Brook School, Dartington, will become a reality after it received £23,300 funding.

The aim is to build an accessible tree house designed to provide alternative sensory experiences for children with special needs and their families, allowing them to make better use of the outdoor activity areas the school has and enhance their choices and opportunities to express themselves, learn play and communicate.

A spokesman for the school said: “A big thank you to everyone who voted for us.

“This is an exciting and innovative project. We know it will benefit our pupils and families. We are also delighted to have these wonderful new resources to share with the community. We can’t wait to have a party in the Tree House.”

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