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 15 Nov, 2017

In 2015, the Government found that 1 in 5 children were obese, with 1 in 3 obese or overweight. Yes – really! Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the last 30 years. What does that mean? Well, it spells an increased risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and breathing difficulties. That’s not mentioning the potential impact on children’s mental health and self consciousness.

It also means more unhealthy children growing into unhealthy adults, with the development of serious diseases more likely as time goes on. But what can schools do? A great deal, actually! Here are four simple steps your school can take to tackle childhood obesity.


1.   Get out and play!

Exercise is essential for any person’s health – child or adult. Even if someone eats well or is the “ideal” weight, a lack of activity can have a negative impact on muscles, organs and joints. In addition to PE, which is required on the national curriculum, schools can encourage active play during break times too. Lucky for us, children love playing! They just need the right space and facilities to do so.


2.   Promote cooperation and friendship

Getting children to play can be a problem if they feel isolated. Schools should encourage children to make strong friendships. Here are some ideas:

·        Icebreaker activities to introduce children from day one.

·        Group activities in lessons.

·        Team games in PE lessons.

·        Change around seating plans to get children talking to different classmates.


3.   Food education

They say you are what you eat – and, to some extent, it’s true! Even the most active child will not be healthy if they aren’t eating the right food. As well as offering balanced meals and healthy snacks, schools should look to educate children about food so they make the right choices at home and in future.

Worried about squeezing it into the already-jammed timetable? Try incorporating it into other lessons, like maths, science and art.


4.   Mental support

Being overweight can affect the mental wellbeing of children. But it can also work the other way . If a child doesn’t feel supported, they’re less likely to lead a healthy lifestyle. And where do kids look for support? Adults, of course. Make sure children are supported at school by offering them the chance to talk about any issues and reinforcing positive thinking.


Providing the means for a healthy lifestyle

You can’t force a healthy lifestyle on children, but at school you can give them the knowledge and means to pursue it themselves. At Playcubed , we provide tailored play areas and facilities to schools across Greater London. Covering consultation, design, presentation and installation, our service makes it easy for your school to get the perfect play areas and facilities. Get in touch today to discuss your requirements.

By Jon Alexander 16 Oct, 2017

EduKent EXPO & Conference is Kent’s leading event for the promotion and development of effective school leadership, management, learning and teaching featuring a high-level conference, inspirational workshops and a comprehensive exhibition of leading suppliers of services to schools and academies.

In November 2016, the fifth EduKent EXPO & Conference brought together hundreds of education leaders from across Kent and neighbouring counties - to share best practice and new ideas on managing and developing education in the region.

Continuing to build upon previous successes, the 2017 event will take place on Wednesday 8th November at The Kent Event Centre, Kent Showground, Detling ( view on maps ).


This free-to-attend event is Kent’s largest exhibition and conference for the county’s Head Teachers, Finance Directors, Bursars, Business Managers, Governors, Local Authority education leaders, PTA’s, IT Managers and school leadership teams from the state, academy and private sectors.

Delegates benefit from a unique opportunity to meet key suppliers in the market and attend a wide range of free conference sessions - hearing directly from senior figures who set education policy and strategic direction across the national and local education agenda. High-quality content provides practical advice on how to achieve outstanding results through strong leadership, excellent teaching and effective management systems.

Breakfast, lunch, refreshments and parking are all free-of-charge for all delegates!

The place for quality education support services

EduKent has been developed by Kent County Council in response to the rapidly changing educational environment and is designed to meet the needs of schools and academies by providing education support services, all in one place. By building on the success of Kent Services for Schools and by combining such established services as Schools Personnel Service, EIS and Schools Financial Services with the newer service providers, EduKent offers high quality, competitively priced services delivered by experienced staff, to assist in improving outcomes for all pupils.

Come and see Playcubed at Stand 229

We will be exhibiting at Stand 229. Be sure to drop past to meet the team and discuss any outdoor developments at your school.

CLICK HERE  to book your free place and make sure your school is represented.

By Jon Alexander 09 Oct, 2017

Learning the senses is a key part of a child’s primary education. Ask most young children and they’ll be able to list sight, sound, smell, touch and taste (or close enough anyway). But what about learning through the senses? Sensory play engages children, helping them explore and discover the world. Read on to explore how sensory play helps children learn, in more ways than one.


Getting touchy

Speak to most people about sensory play and they’ll assume you mean touching and feeling. They wouldn’t be wrong – touch is one of the senses, and is an essential part of sensory play. But it’s also important to engage children with sights, smells, sounds and even tastes. Colourful, aromatic plants, sensory panels and textured surfaces are just some of the ways to ensure children are using all of their senses.


Two types of motor skills

Running, walking and climbing help children improve their motor skills. Or, more specifically, they develop their gross motor skills, dealing with large muscle groups for dynamic activities. But what about their fine motor skills?

No, we don’t expect kids to fix a faulty gearbox. This applies to smaller muscle groups, essential for things like writing and shoe-tying. Yes – all the things you want children to master in their early years. Sensory play absorbs children with activities involving fine motor skills, exploring things like squeezing, pinching and lacing.


Language skills

As any parent or teacher will know, language is essential to children’s development. It’s how they understand the world around them and express ideas and emotions. Can sensory play help? 100% yes! When you’re learning new words and ideas, the touch, sound and smell of objects can bring them to life.

Point at a picture of a tree and explain it to a child. They’ll probably learn it eventually. But when they can see it up close, feel the rough bark and smell the fresh leaves, it suddenly becomes more real, memorable and easier to understand.

How about concepts and comparisons? Try explaining smooth and rough objects to a child without letting them feel them and experience them. It’s almost impossible for them to understand. With sensory play providing a range of colours, textures and smells to children, this comes naturally.


Engaging children with sensory play areas

With clear benefits for children’s learning, sensory play facilities are a superb addition to any educational environment. If you want to add a versatile, engaging sensory play area to your school, Playcubed can help. We provide tailored facilities for sensory play to schools around London and the South East of England. Offering full consultation, planning and installation, we’re the perfect solution to all your sensory play needs. Get in touch today to discuss your project.

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