Benefits of Trim Trails for Schools

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Our most popular range of outdoor playground equipment – the timber adventure trail or trim trail as they are more commonly known. We look at the benefits of trim trails in Schools.

For many years Schools have invested in equipment such as trim trails for their outdoor spaces. Timber trim trails have been installed in school for over 30 years. Consisting of a number of trim trail items installed in a flowing playground design.

Trim Trail Design for Schools

Primary School Trim Trail with Safety Surfacing
Balancing Timber Trim Trail Items for School Playgrounds

We can design individual trim trail elements together to create a range of activities. Allowing EYFS ages to develop low level balancing and co ordination. Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 age with challenging climbing and hanging items of equipment. To jump to our Trim Trail page click here.

Trim trail components usually consist of the following key groups:

Balancing Beams

Balance beams aid the most basic of physical movement in early years development. We design a range of balance beams including sloped balance beams and weaving balance walks.

wooden balance beam to improve balancing for young children
Timber Trim Trail item Balance Log

Stepping Logs

A simple yet effective way of linking different items of adventure trail equipment together in a playground design. A stepping log or stepping stone will allow children to develop imaginative play as well as the physical development of co ordination.

stepping logs and wooden balance beam which creates a balancing trail in a school

Net Bridges and Rope Climbing Nets

The most popular way of connecting two points together is with a wobbly bridge. Our range of playground bridges and timber walkways are available with various options of challenge. For Nursery and Early Years settings we can provide hand rails and timber slats. For Key Stage 1 & 2 we can provide something with more challenge such as a Burma Bridge or a net bridge.

wooden trim trail item Burma Bridge installed onto play sand

Hand over Hand or Monkey Bars

An extremely popular item of any challenging trim trail, Monkey Bars help to develop strength of the upper body. the inclusion of Monkey Bars into a design also acts as a natural filter when designing play equipment for multiple age groups. trim trail designs can start relatively easy and increase in difficulty along the route, meaning children can build confidence as they complete different elements.

trim trails for schools, timber climbing equipment installed in a Primary School

Traversing Walls or Climbing Walls

Popular with Key Stage 2 trim trails especially, children love to clamber and climb across a fearsome mountain side or scale a daunting rock face.

Crawl Through Tunnels

Crawl through tunnels are a popular addition to any trim trail design. The sense of a hidden underground passage makes the use of tunnels in playgrounds a great way for kids to develop their imagination when playing.

wooden trim trail item rope tunnel installed onto artificial grass surfacing

Trim trails in schools are both a fantastic resource for outdoor play times and also as part of a structured primary PE lesson. As part of our consultation process when designing a new trim trail we discuss curricular and non curricular activities.

Important points to consider when designing your Trim Trail:


Who needs to be involved? It is important to consider who will be using the trail as it will effect the types of activities included. Remember – it is always good to build in an element of challenge and risk even for EYFS as it increases development. Get the school council involved – choose from a range of activities to build their perfect activity trail design. Let them call it something unique! To view some of our trim trail products click here to jump to the gallery page and filter to view Active Play.


Although trim trails can be linear in shape, they are also a really effective way to link irregular spaces in the playground too. Don’t forget that un-usable space in the corner. We can add trim trail equipment and play surfacing to transform unused areas of the playground.


We can design and price each item individually, which makes designing your trim trail a straightforward process. Its always important to have an idea of likely budget. We are able to give you simple, quick costings to allow you to plan your finances for the project.

Safety Surfacing

Many of our low level trim trails can be installed directly onto grass, although we would always recommend some sort of surfacing to prevent erosion. We offer many options of playground safety surfacing and will always advise on the ongoing maintenance so you get a “warts and all” view of what your play equipment will need after installation. Click here to visit our Safety Surfacing page for further info.

trim trails for schools, image of a young child climbing in a Primary School

We offer a free no obligation advice, design and quotation service. Contact us to discuss your next School Playground Project or click here to book an appointment with a member of our team.

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