The Benefits of the Bounce Bark® Range

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The Benefits of the Bounce Bark® Range

Using bark as playground impact protection provides more than a naturally-sourced, environmentally-responsible, sustainable safety solution. It also supports kids’ immunity systems and promotes positive health and wellbeing.

Bounce Bark and Bounce Bark Chip are products developed solely by Wholesale Landscapes. They are the only bark-based, safety-certified impact protection solutions used in playgrounds, childcare centres, schools, and public areas across New Zealand. Bounce Bark and Bounce Bark Chip uphold the New Zealand Certification Standard set out in NZS 5828:2015 Playground equipment and surfacing.


This Certification Standard promotes and encourages the provision of playgrounds that are well designed, constructed and maintained, innovative and challenging, while still offering children a degree of risk in a controlled environment.


The use of Bounce Bark ensures compliance with this Certification Standard can reduce the liability under health and safety legislation for those responsible for school safety; including property managers, principals, and board members. Playground safety surfacing must have a certificate of compliance to show that it is installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions and Wholesale Landscapes provides this!

Play is essential to the healthy development of children

While children play in recreational environments, there are endless opportunities to learn about themselves and their environment, while stimulating their creative, emotional, and physical development. Risk-taking, however, is also an essential feature of play. Children need to learn to cope with risk and this may lead to bumps and bruises and occasionally even a broken limb.


The Bounce Bark range is designed to dissipate the kinetic energy of an impact by localised displacement, such that the acceleration is displaced. When installed and maintained at appropriate depths, this product is an excellent shock-absorber which is also cost-effective.


Compared to other surfacing options, such as wet-pour rubber or playground matting, installation of Bounce Bark® can reduce expenditure by up to 95%.  Please refer to our brochure for the price comparison.


Bounce Bark® is a naturally-occurring by-product of sustainable forestation and forms part of Wholesale Landscapes’ circular economy which eliminates landfill disposal. 


Bounce Bark® is resilient in extreme temperatures, meaning it won’t heat up in the height of summer, nor will it become a slip hazard during wet, icy winter months. Specified between 25-50mm, this size nugget is durable, lasting for up to 10 years, and its weight means it won’t get dispersed by wind.


Wholesale Landscapes also produce Bounce Bark® Chip, measuring 10-25mm. This is surface media specifically designed for Early Childhood Education Centres as the smaller size is proven to be softer and more comfortable for toddlers’ feet.


Bounce Bark® is also the environmentally-conscious choice when it comes time for disposal and replacement. As it is natural product, it can be re-utilised and add value as a garden mulch or compost. Rubber products, in contrast, require ecologically-costly disposal at landfill sites.


Recent scientific studies have shown that exposure to microbes prevalent in the great outdoors will establish a stronger, more robust immune system in young people.


Although Bounce Bark® is screened to remove sticks and stones and washed to eliminate transferable mud, this natural bark product will still help to promote the development of a healthy immune system through play in a natural environment. 


Known as ‘the schools choice when safety is first’, Bounce Bark® is well known for its impact-protection properties. Under kids’ feet all over the South Island, Bounce Bark ensures they are playing in the safest environment possible, whilst still boosting their overall health. 

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Full truck load volumes
  • Bark: 7m³
  • Compost: 4m³
  • Supersoil: 3m³
  • Soil: 3m³
  • Shell: 3m³
  • Stone: 1.5m³

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Full truck load volumes
  • Bark: 20m³
  • Compost: 10m³
  • Supersoil: 7m³
  • Shell: 8m³

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Full truck load + trailer volumes
  • Bark: 25m³ - 65m³
  • Compost: 17m³ - 38m³
  • Supersoil: 12m³ - 29m³
  • Shell: 12m³ - 30m³

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  • Wholesale Landscapes – Stoke Yard (that's us!)
  • Stoke Garden & Landscapes
  • Bay Landscapes & Garden Centre
  • Goldpine Richmond
  • Māpua Landscapes
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  • Woodend Landscape Supplies
  • Amberley Hire & Landscape Supplies
  • Hanmer Landscape Supplies
  • Garden Box – Middleton
  • Urban Paving & Landscape Supplies – Harewood
  • Pearsons Landscape Supplies – Bromley
  • Styx Mill Landscape & Nursery  – Styx
  • Mitre 10 Mega Ferrymead
  • Odering Garden Centre Christchurch - Philpotts
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  • Fulton Hogan Timaru
  • Ashburton Contracting Ltd (ACL)
  • Centaland
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We welcome pick-up of product by the public for volumes 1m³ and over. Please check your estimated trailer weight rating below. If your trailer is unable to hold the weight of our minimum pick-up volume, please book a delivery. *We require a minimum order quantity of 3m³ for any bark, compost, soil or shell products and a minimum order quantity of 1.5m3 for any stones or aggregates.

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Recommended depths

Typically you need a finishing layer of screened soil of 100mm when working with an uneven surface. 100mm of soil will allow to even out any hollows and give enough depth to create a flat surface

A general rule for compost is to allow for the depth of the current root structure of your plants with an additional 30-50% to mix in with the base. If you’re planting into holes or filling up a vege garden  you will need to accommodate for this prior to filling up

We recommend 100mm (10cm) deep for new bark gardens and planting into bare areas. For existing gardens with some cover, we recommend 75mm-100mm (7.5cm-10cm)

Note: Barked areas for playground impact protection need to meet NZS5828:2015 standards and is calculated on the fall areas and the height of the playground. Please contact us to discuss your barked playground areas

For paths and driveways which are often exposed to car and foot traffic, we recommend 100mm-125mm (10cm-12.5cm) on newly prepared areas due to settling of product.

This excludes preparation, compaction or drainage gravel underneath. For existing areas 75mm thickness is recommended for areas needing a small top-up.