Recycled rubber bark for school play areas

resin bound rubber bark in play area

Play requirements

We were delighted when we were asked by Dee Point Primary School in Blacon, Chester to replace their play areas with recycled resin bound rubber bark.

The two areas were using conventional wood bark that had become soggy and messy. This meant that the children couldn’t use the play areas as it was just too messy. The wood chip was also an issue when it spilled into the actual playground.

Play area with wood chip

Recycled rubber bark

The team at Dee Point Primary were keen to retain the natural look of wood chippings so we used our recycled rubber bark. This came in a blend of three colours;

  • Brown
  • Green
  • Terracotta

Resin bound rubber bark

Our process

After an initial survey we sent our team along to clear the play areas of the offending bark. Rather than dispose of this, we bagged the bark into bulk bags so that the school could utilise it under their hedgerows.

play area with wood chip removed

Once the areas were clear we applied a resin bound mixture of our rubber bark to the entire areas. This is achieved by using a large paddle mixer and adding a polyurethane resin to the mix. The recycled bark is then decanted into a wheelbarrow and tipped in place. Our installation team them spread, float and roll the   resin bound bark into a uniform surface.

resin bound rubber bark being laid

The larger area needed some remedial work to ensure that the play area was fully compliant and so the school had the area widened where critical fall height dictated. The area was then topped up with compacted MOT type 1.

Remedial groundworks at playground

We then applied our recycled rubber bark (often called rubber mulch in the industry also) to the whole area. Where critical fall height was required, we applied the play surface to a depth of 100mm to ensure compliance with BS:EN1177-2008.

The end result is a natural looking, safety compliant all weather play surface that the school loves!

play area in recycled rubber mulch



Dave Williams – Head of Dee Point Primary School said “ The  Surface looks brilliant thank you and the children were delighted to be testing it out!!

Recycled rubber bark play surface

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