Children in Oakham returned to school after half term recently to find a fun outdoor space ready for them to play on that also teaches them about road safety.

A previously hard, concrete area is now soft, interesting to play on and educational at Brooke Hill Academy thanks to LazyLawn®. The space is also safe to use come rain or shine, especially whist riding their scooters and trikes.

The UK’s leading supplier of artificial grass, which has its headquarters in nearby Market Overton, has installed the new play area at the Brooke Road school ahead of schedule and during half term in order to avoid disruption to the pupils.

80 square metres of Fun Grass and the Which? Best Buy Wonder Yarn 26mm was used to create a bespoke mock road, with coloured grass for tarmac, white lines, a parking bay and a grass surround.

The result is an all-weather area designed to provide a setting for both playtime and outdoor learning.

This isn’t the first school in Rutland to have transformed an under used, outside area into something more useful and entertaining. In 2016 Langham Primary School and in 2013 Cottesmore’s St Nicolas Primary and Nursery School commissioned LazyLawn to install a similar roadway as did Whissendine Primary School the following year.

In fact an increasing number of schools and educational establishments up and down the country are opting to swap traditional surfaces for LazyLawn® because of the varied and innovative applications as well as its soft texture and longevity.

Other similar installations have even included applying LazyLawn® to the walls of a classroom in order to provide a sensory experience for Special Educational Needs pupils.

The Brooke Hill Academy project was funded by a sponsored jig, where a local dance teacher attended the school and parents, children and staff participated.

Richard Westley, Head of School at Brooke Hill Academy, said: “We were so impressed by the quality of LazyLawn® that we decided to get our own.

“The installation was much quicker than expected, and provided a wonderful surprise for our children when they came back after their half term break.

“We are now able to teach children road safety using this fun and bright teaching aid that can be used in all weathers.” Molly Arnold, Project Co-ordinator for LazyLawn® said: “We are proud to have added to Brooke Hill Academy’s outdoor space, and we are finding more schools are interested in getting a LazyLawn® for themselves.

“The low maintenance lawn creates the ideal area for children to play on all year round. Standing the pressure of lots of use, the area is also low-slip, with no muddy mess and no surface burns, unlike older style artificial turf.”

The versatile product has been used for all kinds of installation, from luxury London rooftops to the transformation of shady, muddy, dog damaged gardens, LazyLawn® can provide the solution.

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