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Back in March, I was visiting Meethill School in Peterhead to do some twilight training. The nursery have been working hard to develop their outdoor space. One of my favourite features were the stumps in the photo above.

Stumps are the ultimate fantasy miniature world place. They contain detail at a micro level which allows anyone’s imagination to run riot. In the photo below, the stumps have been planted with flowers which add to the potential play value.

Stump Play 1

If you manage to acquire a stump, then think about its situation. If you look closely in the photo below, the stump has been raised off the ground and pebbles placed underneath. This creates a miniature underworld or cave.

Stump Play 2

If you are very lucky, somewhere in your local area there maybe an upright stump. I found the beauty below in Nida in Lithuania.

Stump Play 4

The other place which I’ve found to have decent stumps has been Martin Mere, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre. They were features in a lot of the pens. Presumably, the wildfowl and birds find them useful too – probably as a source of insects who might live there.

Stump Play 6

The stumps were also used as decorative features outwith the pens, such as this raised bed. However, given the height of this feature, I’m sure that more than a few children have stopped to investigate 🙂

Stumps Play 5

In Lossiemouth there is an upside down stump. It looks like a recent addition to the space outside this artist’s house. It must have a substantial trunk below the ground to remain stable and perhaps it’s even been sunk into concrete. I wonder if it will be decorated in any way…

Lossie Stump

If you like stumps, then you might enjoy other blog posts about stumps. I didn’t realise I had so many!

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Kierna September 14, 2014 at 15:49

These are so cool, I’m eagerly awaiting a big old oak stump for Bear Woods! I just have to organise lots do dad’s to help get it into place.


Juliet Robertson September 16, 2014 at 19:19

Ooh – I can’t wait to see a photo when it’s all done and in. Exciting times.


Elaine Livingstone September 16, 2014 at 17:39

a great wildlife idea, nice to give a home to bugs and beasties. Here we tend to see cut trees made into benches and animals. over from #countrykids


Juliet Robertson September 16, 2014 at 19:18

Thanks Elaine – good point about the stumps being home for wildlife too.


Stacey Guilliatt September 21, 2014 at 21:02

These are great – must look out for some now! #countrykids


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