CHILDREN from a York primary school have given a big thumbs up to a new woodland playground at the Yorkshire Arboretum.

The group of 6 and 7-year-olds from Heworth CE School were at the arboretum, next door to Castle Howard, for a school visit, and took time out from their minibeast hunts and habitat creation activities to explore the new playground.

With lots of den building opportunities, balance beams, tree trunk bridges, log ladders and giant stepping stones, all created from the arboretum’s own trees, there was plenty for them to discover.

Yorkshire Arboretum Director John Grimshaw said “The arboretum offers free entry for children and has always been a wonderful place for them to explore nature and play safely outdoors. We’re delighted that the woodland playground is now also available for them to enjoy. The fact that the raw materials came from here, and much of the construction work was done by our volunteer teams, makes it even more special.”

Education officer, Kathryn Hardaker, said: “The playground offers children a great opportunity for free play, and means they’ll enjoy their school visits and our summer holiday activity days even more. We’re looking forward to seeing lots of children enjoying the woodland playground in the weeks and months to come.”

The arboretum is currently open 10am – 4pm every day with extended opening to 6pm at weekends.