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The Use of Bamboo in Kids Playspaces

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The use of Bamboo in Kids Play Spaces




There are many different varieties of bamboo that are ideal for the use in playspaces. Over the years, there have been many stories of bamboo taking over play areas because the wrong variety has been planted. These varieties have included Phyllostachys aurea (Golden Bamboo) and Phyllostachys nigra (Black Bamboo).


There are three to five Indigenous Australian bamboos including the robust Bambusa amphemica (Arnhemland Bamboo) with its strong 10cm diameter culms and showers of fine light green leaves used for 4,000 years by Arnhemland Aborigines to make didgeridoos.


When selecting a bamboo, it is imperative that you decide on the height and shape of the bamboo you wish to use. You may need to consult with your local nursery to find the right bamboo for you. Clumping varieties are compact with a dense roots system and can be planted in the ground with complete confidence that they won’t pose a problem. Many are ideal as an exotic garden plant for even small suburban gardens without any fear of them spreading beyond their predicted size. Some examples of these bamboos include Bambusa multiplex (Gold Stripe Bamboo), Bambusa textiles var. ‘Gracillas’ (Slender Weaver Bamboo) and Bambusa chungii (Chungi Bamboo).


These beautiful, diverse, non-invasive clumping-type bamboos tend to originate from the tropical or warmer climates areas of the world, although there are many that tolerate cold climate periods, including frost and temperatures down to minus 9 or even minus 12 degrees Celsius, and even lower in some cases.


Bamboo is ideal as a screening plant. Used in playspaces, bamboo hedge or screen can provide private, hidden spaces for quiet and creative play such as reading hideaways. Tied at the top or trained on an arbour – tunnels, tepees and cubbies can be created. Create interesting pathways or a maze by using bamboo. Bamboo planted in small tubs or containers enables the screen to become portable therefore providing endless opportunities to recreate areas of the playspace.

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