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Poolsbrook Primary School’s Trim Trails

A Captivating Active Play Environment for KS1 and KS2


A once uninviting tarmac surface has been transformed into an engaging active play environment at Poolsbrook Primary School in Derbyshire!

Recognising that their KS1 and KS2 children’s outdoor play space wasn’t very engaging and didn’t provide many active playtime opportunities, the school and our playground consultant, Dan Young, came together to design a new area.

Exhilarating Challenges for Fun-Filled Playtimes


They began by deciding what equipment would make effective use of the space available, but also provide plenty of opportunities for all-weather fun playtimes.

The team agreed that a trim trail was their best option as they could twist and turn with the playground layout, accommodate a large number of children at once and provide progressive challenges!

4 children sat in between the red and blue ropes of a Net Traverse installed on top of artificial grass surfacing

In one corner of the playground, we installed a smaller, easier Trim Trail for the children to tackle consisting of Stepping Logs, a Clatter Bridge and a Rope Swing Traverse.

This smaller set of challenges is a fantastic starting trial for the children to conquer as they work on their balance, co-ordination and lower body strength.

Two children moving across a three piece timber trim trail, including a clatter bridge, stepping logs and a rope traverse installed onto artificial grass surfacing

Adjacent to the smaller trail, we installed a long active challenge arranged in a right angle to follow the perimeter of the tarmac.

A wide range of equipment form the playtime challenge, including:

  • Net Traverse
  • Walk and Stretch
  • Climbing Wall
  • Twist Net

This longer trim trail provides more upper body tests, as well as a step up in terms of more tricky balance, co-ordination and grip and grasp challenges.

A trim trail installed into artificial grass in an L shape with five children moving through the equipment to reach the other end

Surfacing for Safe Risk Taking


Underneath the trim trails, we installed our soft and impact-absorbing Artificial Grass Surfacing.

The children can swing, climb and balance their way through the trails (and take the occasional slip, trip and fall) without the worry of serious injury. This allows them to build their climbing confidence knowing they are safe.

Three children moving across a timber climbing wall gripping the multi coloured climbing wall.

A vibrant surface is also more enticing to the children as they imagine the bright green grass transforming into deep red lava; it’s a fabulous focal point for imaginative play games!

Overhead view of two timber trim trails installed adjacent to one another with bright green surfacing underneath

“We didn’t realise the installers were on-site!”


The school had some lovely feedback about our installers, Jimmy Betts and Stuart Hindley, too:

“From start to finish, working with Pentagon Play has been a dream. All staff were professional and we didn’t even realise the installers were on-site! The workmanship is to an excellent standard and I would highly recommend them,” said Louise Parker, headteacher

Four children stood on the ropes of a twist net installed onto artificial grass surfacing

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Two children stood on a timber clatter bridge holding onto bright yellow bars