Tree Trunk Holes

29 May 2014 · 8 comments

in Early Years Outdoors, Nature Play & Learning

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The competition is on to find the best worn tree trunk in the world. At the Nature Nurture site in the Camphill Aberdeen estate, sits one of the best examples I have seen so far (as pictured above) and this is why…


In the photo above, you can see the side posting chute into the main trunk.


There are peekaboo holes on the other side of the trunk. One of them even looks like a smiley mouth on the outside.


The trunk is big enough to crawl through. You can even lie inside it and just be still, or explore what it feels like to be inside a tree.


It’s got lots of pretty patterns and marks all over it.

Terri's NN Photo

Thanks to Terri Harrison at Nature Nurture for giving permission to use this photo.

Lots of children can play on the trunk at the same time. It’s just the right size for clambering over, as well as through.


There were also other holey trunks lying around. These make perfect low-level viewing stations.


A natural lens for looking at the landscape.


So, the big question is… have you got any bigger and better examples?

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Kierna May 29, 2014 at 18:00

Oh that looks like so much fun, I love the way it is almost polished smooth in places too.


Juliet@CreativeSTAR May 29, 2014 at 18:49

Yes – they are fascinating features. I wish every nursery and school had one.


Honor May 30, 2014 at 08:30

More than 20 yrs ago some big Redwood trees fell in the Younger Botanical gardens at Benmore, Argyll. My children used to love playing in them on a daily basis. Have moved away and I don’t know if they are still there.


Adventures in Homeschooling May 31, 2014 at 08:04

What an excellent trunk. We have a couple of old tree trunks locally which I must photograph and share soon. It looks as though they love this one.
#countrykids #homeedlinkup


Charlotte May 31, 2014 at 10:17

wow that tree looks amazing, I found found any trees that are big enough to actually climb inside so I think yours is a winner! Would love to though… Any idea where to find tree trunk holes like that in London or Surrey? :p


Karen Bell May 31, 2014 at 17:39

Those tree trunks look amazing fun to explore.


Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk) May 31, 2014 at 22:34

Those are amazing! Nature is the best landscaper and sculpture! Sadly I dont have anything like this nor have I seen something as amazing as that trunk =) #countrykids


Christine June 1, 2014 at 07:37

They look brilliant fun – I think that I’d be tempted to crawl through them as well (I wonder if adults ever get stuck?!)


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