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Knottingley St Botolphs CE Academy’s Trim Trail

An Invigorating Trim Trail For Imaginative and Active Play Outdoors


Knottingley St Botolphs CE Academy located in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, wanted to create an inspiring active play area underneath the trees on their school grounds.

The School Business Manager , Clare Simister, worked in partnership with our sport enthusiast and outdoor learning consultant, Meg Booth, to design and install this fantastic play zone.

A challenging selection of obstacles under the trees


Meg designed a fun and challenging Trim Trail that would lead from one side of the field to the other, following the hedge row underneath the trees.

As the area was natural grass, Meg decided to include our all-weather Artificial Grass Playground Surfacing underneath the trail. This ensures that the children can climb, swing and balance all-year round!

Claire fell in love with the design and couldn’t wait to see the area come to life during installation.

Children playing on a trim trail located underneath a tree

The new trim trail is made up of seven exciting challenges for the children to conquer during playtimes and lunch times, including:

  • Stepping logs
  • Single sided climbing wall
  • Rope swing traverse
  • Walk and stretch
  • Clatter bridge
  • Swinging log traverse
  • Inclined balance beam

a child balancing on a Trim Trail obstacle

With such a wide range of equipment included, children are encouraged to jump, climb, swing, balance and traverse from one obstacle to another. As the children move through the trim trail, the challenges become progressively more challenging. This is ideal for their continual progression!

Children who may find it more difficult to complete the physical challenges will be encouraged to take safe risks to overcome the obstacle or they can simply jump off the trail, becoming more determined to conquer it next playtime.

Not only does the new trim trail improve the children’s climbing confidence and it also develops their grip and grasp, overall strength, fine and gross motor skills as they explore the new addition to their playground.

Child climbing across a climbing wall which is part of the new trim trail

Children’s imaginative play games come to life as they use the trail as a focal point. Which little monkeys will be swinging through the trees of the jungle? Who will cross the river without falling in?

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Children playing on a trim trail on their school field