Our free open spaces are one of the most incredible assets we have as a society, yet there are alarmingly high numbers of people who struggle to access quality open space provision as highlighted in England’s Green Space Gap report by Friends of the Earth. 

    Indeed, in my career within the play industry, now a few years shy of 20 years, has shown that in so many cases designing for inclusion is a bit of an afterthought. Developing inclusive and sensory rich environments for children with special needs and disabilities has become a niche area of my work. It is clear there is a real appetite to make spaces as accessible as possiblehowever when the constraints of budgets, challenging landscapes, and limited knowledge on disability negates that need it results in spaces that could have worked so much harder are falling short of that true inclusivity. 

    Jupiter Play have been championing the area of inclusive play for many years, original home to the brand Inclusive Play and working together with industry experts and charities to really commit to becoming better designers. Our CPD programme includes several topics around inclusion, and we are delighted to be taking part in the Landscape Institute’s Inclusive Environments event. It is so important to keep openly discussing all aspects of inclusion and how we can enable more people to feel connected with their landscapes while keeping mindful of budgets and open minded to a child’s needs. 

    We will be delivering a session on natural play and inclusion, exploring the role of natural play and creating sensory rich environments that elevate play experiences for all children.  

     You can register for the LI CPD: Inclusive Environments here.

    By Kristina Causer, Jupiter Play

    2 COMMENTS

    1. Hi
      I was not aware of this conference until now. Is it possible to watch it back if you register and pay the full cost? Thanks

      • Hi Aisling. Thanks for your comment; I’m sorry you weren’t able to catch the live event.

        The event recording should be live on LI Campus within four weeks, at which point you will be able to make a one-off payment of £40. (This will give you permanent access to watch the recording as often as you like.) Alternatively, an annual Campus subscription costs £120.

        If you are interested in the LI’s CPD programme, our affiliate membership offer may be of interest. For £99 per year, you can get free access to Campus and all our CPD events, among other benefits. You can find out more at http://www.landscapeinstitute.org/member-content/affiliate/.

        With best wishes,
        Ben

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