Every child enjoys having a special place to hide in the garden.
When you are making plans for your garden you can plan a den for your child/children that will suit them as toddlers and into the future. With a little thought your den could last for years. Whether it is a place for your toddler to play, or a retreat for your slightly older child for perhaps homework or just a place to think. On sunny days the den can offer shade or on colder ones perhaps protection from the wind and rain. The versatility of your child’s den can and will extend the use of your garden for the family.
There are several different options when considering a den for your child/children and you will have to pick an idea that works for your family.
TeePees - We have recently planted a willow tepee in our garden at school. So much fun and the children are really enjoying seeing their den grow! How about planting a runner bean tepee? Place eight bamboo poles in a circle, with a gap for a door. Tie them together at the top. If you plant two plants at the base of each pole you should have a lovely green den by the summer holidays.
Playhouses - The simpler the design the better. A basic structure with four walls and a roof can be used as many things and allow your childs imagination to wander. Should we play hospitals or train stations today?
Treehouses - Always a favourite with children. If you have a strong enough and suitable tree in you garden this is a great option. However do check planning permission regulations for raised platforms in your area.