Grounds development
Grounds development

Grounds development and design

We plan, design and build inspiring, naturalistic landscapes for play and learning. We will help you to identify the essential characteristics of your site and school and work to create a unique solution to your needs.

Working with staff and pupils we create a “Development Plan” to work towards. The Plan can be a masterplan for the whole school grounds, sketch design plan for individual areas or a management plan with a long term vision.

The project we create will always be tailored and unique. From our experience, even the tiniest, neglected corner can become a versatile and valuable space, so the size of a project is never a concern for us!

We believe strongly that too many “play” companies treat selling expensive equipment as a substitute for real design and consideration of a school’s needs.

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What our clients say


Fiona Cullivan-Ward

Littletown J, I & N School

Head Teacher

Littletown School have worked extensively with Arcadia over the last few years to create exceptional outdoor learning areas. At all times we have been impressed by the level of creativity, horticultural knowledge and their professional approach.

They listen, understand the needs of children, staff and deliver exceptional, beautiful and imaginative spaces for play and learning.

I am delighted to be able to endorse this company, they do amazing things with muddy spaces!

Phil Sunter

Batley Parish Junior, Infant and Nursery School


Samantha Smith, Head of Early Years

The John Curwen Co-operative Primary Academy

An excellent learning space

In our Early Years Kirklees Local Authority Audit in January 2016 (Bev Richards) commented in her report:

The development of the outdoor space has been a significant project resulting in an excellent learning space.