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 possible, however 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