For a natural looking safety surface choose rubber mulch

"They communicated well throughout the project and worked extremely hard on the design, planning and installation of the project to ensure that it was completed within the agreed time scale." Headteacher 

Rubber Mulch

Safety surfacing with a natural appearance - a low cost solution for play areas and paths.

Rubber mulch meets the CFH requirements for play equipment whilst retaining a natural look that blends in with most environments.
What is Rubber Mulch?

Rubber Mulch is a safety surface made up of recycled shredded rubber chippings combined with a high performance polyurethane resin binder. 

Its appearance is very much like traditional wood mulch, but it has the advantage of being bound together. This avoids material spreading to surrounding areas, making it a popular option in schools.
  • Rubber mulch moulds to shapes and contours, and can be themed into shapes and patterns.
  • Rubber mulch offers the natural look without the maintenance demands of wood mulch.
  • Ecologically sensitive, it is formed from 100% recycled rubber, helping to reduce landfill and C0² emissions.
  • Rubber mulch has excellent drainage properties, making it suitable for all-year-round use.
  • Conforms to British and European safety regulations.
Safety Surface

Installed to varying depths to meet Critical Fall Height (CFH) criteria of any play equipment and BS EN 1177 requirements, rubber mulch offers a great all-weather safety surface.
Impact Absorption 

Rubber mulch is a shock absorbing surface, cushioning the impact of trips and falls. We install it at specified depths to suit any play equipment in the area, meeting all British and European Standards.
Create Themes and Shapes

Wet pour is available in wide range of colours, giving endless opportunity to personalise your surface with bespoke designs. Colours can also be mixed to create different shades.
How will Rubber Mulch affect the environment? 

Wood Mulch typically starts to rot after a couple of seasons, whereas Rubber Mulch is virtually indestructible, and won’t wash or blow away.

Rubber Mulch is made entirely from recycled material that would otherwise go to landfill sites. Essentially, it is a practical method of transforming waste rubber into an innovative product, improving the environment and increasing children’s safety.

Very little ground preparation is required, reducing the need for bulk excavation and waste soil removal to landfill sites.

Rubber Mulch is a SUDS compliant permeable surface. Rainwater flows through the mulch into the ground without disturbing the natural drainage system, leaving a puddle free play surface. 

The beauty of Rubber Mulch is that it can be laid over almost any existing surface, often making it a very cost effective option.  

This cross section shows an overview of a typical installation - if Rubber Mulch is being laid over an existing surface the first two points will not apply.
  • Area is excavated to an appropriate depth. 
  • Base is then levelled and compacted to an appropriate depth allowing for CFH criteria.
  • Geo-textile membrane is installed over the area for ground stabilisation and weed suppression.
  • Rubber Mulch is laid over the membrane to a specified depth up to any edging or chamfered into surrounding surfaces.
  • The Rubber Mulch is then left for a minimum of six hours to allow the binder to harden. Your surface will be ready for use the following day.
Specifications and installation detail may vary from above in some circumstances. Our Playground Advisors will discuss the best methods during their site visit.


By Jon Alexander 18 Apr, 2017

The Academies Show is the leading free-to-attend event for schools and academies. Bringing together education professionals, key decision makers and high quality service providers, the show offers unrivalled networking opportunities and the tools to better understand the latest education policies. The event includes conferences and hands-on theaters, as well as many key note speakers .

The Playcubed team are looking forward to meeting you and discussing your playground ideas at stand 546.

When: Wednesday 26th April 2017, 09:00 - 16:30
Where: Excel London. ( View on maps )
Tickets: FREE, must be pre-booked online. Tickets can be booked here .
Event website:

Venue and travel information can be found here .
By Jon Alexander 08 Feb, 2017

Play England's release,  Charter for Children’s Play,   describes play as: ‘what children and young people do when they follow their own ideas and interests, in their own way, and for their own reasons.’ Play should be freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated. That is, children and young people should be able to determine and control their play by following their own instincts, ideas and interests.

Play has also frequently been described as ‘what children and young people do when they are not being told what to do by adults’ . Many adults think that play is unnecessary; however play is a vital part of childhood and is necessary for every child’s healthy development. Through play children are able to develop the skills and abilities they will require as they grow older . Play is a biological, psychological and social necessity that is fundamental to the healthy growth, development and well-being of individuals and communities. 

It can take many forms; how a child plays is unique to him or her. For some, playing can be doing nothing in particular, it can mean doing lots, being boisterous, showing off, being contemplative, overcoming difficulties...etc. Through play children explore the world and learn to take responsibility for their own choices . Play can be sociable or solitary, play can help children to climb, swing, gallop and chase. It can help them to try new things out, push boundaries , develop confidence, explore and experiment the world around them. You can read more on the benefits of play here .

Having time and space to play gives children the opportunity to meet and socialise with their friends, keeps them physically active, and gives the freedom to choose what they want to do. Play supports children to move through each stage of their development naturally, allowing them to make friends, come to terms with difficulties, follow their instincts, think and learn from others. When children are asked about what they think is important in their lives, 'playing' and 'friends' is usually at the top of the list!

By Jon Alexander 06 Feb, 2017

Here we explore the top reasons why Artificial Grass has become so popular in schools:

Maxmise the use of your space

Artificial Grass fully utilises the space your school has by making it available for all-year-round use. Often schools have areas of natural turf which, whilst great in the warmer months, cannot be used during the winter. Such areas are prone to becoming boggy in the wet, and normally take such high footfall that they are more akin to mud patches than grass areas! This is where artificial grass comes into its own – it is ready for action all-year-round and stays looking it’s best even after years of heavy use! By choosing Artificial Grass you are maximising the use you can get out of your outdoor areas.

Minimal Maintenance

Artificial grass requires minimal maintenance, and even then a simple regular brush over is virtually all it needs. No more weeding, mowing or watering. You can read more on this in our Artificial Grass Easy 5 Step Maintenance Guide .

At last, Clean Uniforms!

The parents will thank you! Investing in artificial grass spells the end of muddy, grass-stained uniforms and footprints in the corridor!

It Blends in with the Natural Surroundings

A further benefit of Artificial Grass is that it’s unobtrusive to the eye. Like natural turf in appearance and colour, artificial grass blends in with natural surroundings without looking ugly or drawing attention to itself (that said, there are plenty of coloured options if you're after something ‘louder’).  In fact it’s becoming more and more popular as a domestic garden surface due to its pristine appearance.

Add some Style!

If you have a larger area, artificial grass is a great way to add some style to your playground! It can be mixed with other artificial surfaces , cut into shapes or patterns or used with contrasting colours with amazing results. Take a look at the surfacing in these projects at The Rise School and  Plumcroft Primary School .

Save Long Term

Artificial Grass enables you to save on maintenance and labour costs.

Soften the Blows

Although not a safety surface in it's own right (more on that below), Artificial Grass does have impact absorbing qualities, helping to cushion falls and making it a safe option over other playground surfaces.

Keep it safe

When installed with our optional UltraMat, artificial grass is a compliant safety surface. This means it can be used beneath playground equipment to meet safety regulations and satisfy fall height criteria.

If you considering having Artificial Grass installed at your school please contact us on 01322 279799 , send us an email or fill out an online enquiry here .

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