Van Etten Elementary Gets Living Play Hut

From 9 a.m. to about 11 a.m. on Saturday Van Etten Elementary School students and volunteers worked to put up a unique play-space.

Taking living willow branches freshly cut from a nearby swamp in Spencer, the group of children and volunteers, spearheaded by Rusty Keeler, worked together to make a small hut. The children put in just as much work as the adults, giving them the accomplishment of building their own play area.

SVE child build play hutThe hut, a design from Keeler’s company Planet Earth Playscapes, uses the freshly cut branches in the hope that the root and then grow new leaves and blossom creating a mass of green. An all natural play-space that will provide shade and hopefully stimulate the children’s imagination.

A similar project was undertaken at Syracuse University though at a much larger scale.

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