The play area was part of a larger scheme to convert Moat Brae in Dumfries into a national centre for children’s literature. Joanna Lumley a Patron of PPMBT championed the £8 million fundraising campaign, part of which funded the new playground.
The Design Rationale
Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust wanted the play are to evoke the enchanted land where Peter Pan began. The plans for the pirate ship ‘The Jolly Roger’ featured a tree-top walkway, tube slide, balance beam, accessible platforms and climbing nets which all link to a ship’s hull built over the Burns Walk pathway with a plank-like balcony overlooking the River Nith. Including a storytelling space as well as a mast with sail, a crow’s nest, hammock and net tunnelling.
The playspace has been designed to fit within the existing trees, terrain and the retaining structures at the lower level of the garden without impacting on the view from Moat Brae house. Manufacturing the play equipment from Robinia by FHS, the play area was in keeping to its surrounding.
“Moat Brae proves that dreams really can come true. Children and young people from Scotland and far beyond now have a place that’s dedicated not just to Peter Pan, but to the love of all children’s stories and literature. They can come here to play, daydream and build their creative imaginations, just like J.M. Barrie did.” Joanna Lumley, Patron PPMBT