Natural looking safety surfacing

Safety surfacing with a natural appearance, thus creating a low cost solution for play areas and paths.

Rubber mulch meets the CFH requirements for school play equipment whilst also retaining a natural look that blends in with most environments.

“On behalf of everyone at Gallions, and most especially all 180 delighted children in Years 1 and 2, I am writing to thank everyone at Playcubed. The team have worked wonders, transforming a derelict heap of rubble into a magical space that really sparks children’s imaginations and encourages them to test their physical and, mental muscles every playtime.”

Harriet Goodman
Chair of Governors at Gallions Primary School


What is Rubber Mulch?

Rubber Mulch is a safety surface made up of recycled shredded rubber chippings. In addition to this it’s 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. As a result this avoids material spreading to surrounding areas, making it a popular option in schools.

  • Rubber mulch moulds to shapes and contours. In fact we can even theme it into shapes and patterns.
  • Rubber mulch offers the natural look without the maintenance demands of wood mulch.
  • Ecologically sensitive, 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.
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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.

Made from entirely recycled material, Rubber Mulch stops unneccesary landfill. Essentially, it is a practical method of transforming waste rubber into an innovative product. In effect it  improves the environment and increases children’s safety.

It requires very little ground preparation, therefore 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, so leaving a puddle free play surface.

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Create shapes and themes

Rubber Mulch is available in a wide range of colours, giving endless opportunity to personalise your surface with bespoke designs. We can also mix colours to create different shades.

Safety Surfacing

Installed to varying depths to meet Critical Fall Height (CFH) criteria of any play equipment and BS EN 1177 requirements, all in all 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. And most important to mentioned, it meets all British and European Standards.

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Installation

The beauty of Rubber Mulch is that we can lay it 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 excavated to an appropriate depth.
  • Base is then levelled and compacted to an appropriate depth allowing for CFH criteria.
  • Geo-textile membrane installed over the area for ground stabilisation and weed suppression.
  • Rubber Mulch 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.


Some of our clients

See just some of our playground projects that have specifically incorporated rubber mulch in their design.

Gallions Primary School
Alderwood Primary School
Avenue Primary School JPG
Cliffe Woods Primary School

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