Second children's play area opens at Kew

RBG, Kew is opening a new play area, the second this spring following Treehouse Towers, which launched outside the Climbers and Creepers attraction in February.

PLANTastic Play, located in the grounds of Queen Charlotte's cottage, is a new children's landscape designed and built by Kew horticulturists. Suppliers included Sun Safe Play Systems, JC Gardens & Climbing Frames and Eibe.

The play area features fungi sculptures, giant roots, a leafy maze and a zip wire that represents a pollinating bee. A Kew representative said: "We want to encourage natural play and teach photosynthesis and the importance of every part of a plant through the attraction."

Meanwhile, in Kew's Princess of Wales Conservatory as part of the Butterflies, Bugs & Beasties display, a set of seven sculptures by six artists will showcase the role of pollination in biodiversity.

They include a giant hawk moth that will appear to be swooping near the comet orchid it pollinates and a swarm of midges that pollinates the "chocolate tree" (Teobroma cacao).

In addition, a soundscape of bees, hummingbirds and bats by artist Joe Evans will be playing throughout the conservatory.

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