Let's play outside - favourite garden play equipment

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Spring is here and with it the promise of better weather. Wouldn't it be great for the kids to have something to play on outside? Gardens don't have to be massive to accommodate play apparatus and it doesn't have to cost a fortune either.

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Here are some tips on picking the right equipment:

It's important to only buy items that are age appropriate. The basic rule is that if a child can't reach the equipment then it's not right. If you have children of different ages then you will need to warn the younger ones to avoid certain pieces of equipment. One tip is to remove the first couple of rungs on ladders to prevent the little ones getting on.

The first thing to consider in your playground is the surface. The vast majority of injuries are caused by accidents like falling and tripping on hard surfaces. The surface should absorb impacts and cushion a fall. You may not be able to run to a synthetic surface but you can buy shredded bark, rubber chipping or soft sand.

Favourite products, swings:

Selwood anya swingset: A premium quality wooden swing set designed for children aged between 3-12. It's constructed from lumber with adjustable plastic moulded swings. It's designed for home build and will fit gardens with limited space. Expect to pay around £119.00

Beetle swing set: Designed for safety and fun with a range of accessories including trapeze, seesaw, swing, pole swinger and mini hoop. Expect to pay around £139.00

Trampolines:

The Cortez eight-foot trampoline: This is ideal for small or medium size gardens. All in one set that has all you need for hours of trampoline fun. Complete with safety enclosure and ladder. Should take around an hour to assemble with no drilling. Expect to pay around £119.00.

Tiger trampoline: A 12-foot trampoline with easy to assemble slot together frame. Suitable for users up to the weight of 16 stone. Includes free ladder. This trampoline is designed for one user at a time. Expect to pay £269.00

Climbing frames:

Discovery climbing frame: An attractive and versatile cedar playcentre. It includes a play deck, ladder, wave slide and picnic café bench. There are colour-coded accessories including two belt swings and acrobatic bar. Expect to pay around £319 - £599.00

Columbia frame swing set:
There is a picnic table which seats four, including cover. The deck can be accessed by flat wood steps or rockwall. There is a swing beam, glider and swings. Expect to pay around £450.00-£950.00.

Seesaw:

TP Forest Seesaw Easy grip seesaw with comfy moulded seats: Spins full circle and comes complete with ground stakes. Expect to pay £86.00

Swimming pools:

Bestway steel pro paddling pool: A family sized quality steel framed rectangular pool. No sand needed. There is a free pump and DVD guide. Expect to pay around £129.00

Intex 10 ft set family pool: Great family pool that comes with a filter pump to keep the water clean. Expect to pay around £354.00