07 January 2013

Forest Dens


Take a walk through any Surrey forest,
you are likely to stumble upon one of these




Play dens are made by children with their families,
gathering nearby branches to prop against a tree

Possibly standing for decades,
a passerby may add to the pile

Such a delightful playground accessory to any forest :)

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19 comments:

My Garden Diaries said...

So super cool! My kids would dig that! Beats plastic play houses for sure!

greenthumb said...

That looks like so much fun, bet they have the time of their lives.

Jane The Booklady said...

I've always loved these dens and I then now my children grew up making them. One holiday they made a particularly fine one and practically lived in it the whole week!Jane xx

Sarah Gibbs said...

how cool my kids would love this, how much fun they could have

Caliowin said...

I made so many of these as a child as our house backed onto the forest!

PURA VIDA said...

tee hee...a treehouse on the ground!

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

This looks SO familiar - I grew up in Surrey and spent my childhood in woods like these!!
mary x

Linda said...

The den must be a lot of fun. The local school children have an allotment and play space over the hedge from our allotment and make dens under a tree and there's a living willow tree house in an area in our local park.

Noelle the dreamer said...

Oh for the memories Laura! I remember building such with Granny and my sibling!

Sarah Jane said...

How fun! Thanks for sharing! xx

Rose Fern said...

This is great!How I'd love to hide in one!

Pondside said...

What fun it would be to come upon one of those!

Leslie said...

Such a beautiful photo and what fun it would be to be a child and play inside!

lisaroyhandbags said...

So cute! I'd love to play in one! :)

likeschocolate said...

How fun! Hope you are having a great start to 2013~

Privet and Holly said...

Magic! At first I
thought you were
going to say something
about fairies.....they
have that quality, don't
you think?

xo Suzanne

janzi said...

Just saw this amazing photo and had to write. when I was in school in Sunbury on Thames Middlesex in the late 50's and very early 60's these houses would be dotted all over our playground wood. We would stack the wook like in your pboto, but then infill with leaves,started from the ground up and packed in close it would be waterproof, and with the floor swept clean, the mud floor was perfect to pretend it was a proper house.. many little objects would be bought from home to make it even more homelike.. I often thought that these ideas were from the earliest setllers and that it was somehow still ingrained in our memories.. They would stand for several months, and then in the autumn we would all begin making our houses again.. thank you for sharing that picture to illustrate what I have talked about but never seen in photo.. Janzi

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you should be out on a meadow said...

i love this. I love finding the ones that nature has made as well in the roots.