"This is much easier to teach if they can actually see and experience one at first hand," she said. "Instead of trying to transport the children to a mountain environment every year, we had one built in their playground."
Malcolm Uhlhorn, a designer at Crowther Landscapes, created the rugged landmark for Thomas Willingale School in Loughton.
The school would like to hear from companies wanting to donate towards the £31,500 cost of the Willingale Mountain, for which they will become named sponsors. Call Marion Smith on 020 8508 7287.