On July 4th 2017 we hosted our first Inclusive Play Conference at Chelmsford Hylands Estate. We welcomed a diverse group of delegates to our conference: Park Project Officers, Landscape Designers, Parents, Carers, and representatives from Local Authorities, Friends Groups and Support Groups.
Our objectives for the day were to share understanding about what “inclusive” really means and how to achieve inclusivity, introduce our delegates to PiPA, look at play spaces from a landscape architects point of view and most importantly, take time to listen and learn from families and carers’ perspectives on their lives caring for children with additional support needs.
Jayne Pullen from Liz Lake Associates, recently wrote a blog reflecting on her time with us concluding that, “the conference really highlighted the responsibility we have as landscape architects to help champion the ethos that truly accessible and inclusive play areas become the norm.” You can read Jayne’s full blog on the Liz Lake website, here.
Having talked all things inclusive throughout the day it seemed fitting that we wrapped up our conference with a tour (and play!) of theDestination PiPA play area at the Hylands Estate.
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