Birds eye view St Pauls School Playground Surface Bounce Bark

The Benefits of Bounce Bark®

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

 

Bounce Bark® is a product developed solely by Wholesale Landscapes in Nelson. It is the only bark-based, safety-certified impact protection used in playgrounds, childcare centres, schools and public areas across New Zealand. Bounce Bark® upholds the New Zealand Standard set out in NZS 5828:2015 Playground equipment and surfacing.

 

This 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 Standard and reduces 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 can provide this.

 

Play is essential to the healthy development of children. Through independent or cooperative play, children are able 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.

 

Bounce Bark® 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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  • 6m3 Bark
  • 1.5m3 Stone
  • 3m3 Soil
  • 3m3 Supersoil
  • 4m3 Compost
  • 3m3 Shell

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  • 15m3 Bark
  • 4m3 Stone
  • 8m3 Soil
  • 8m3 Supersoil
  • 10m3 Compost
  • 8m3 Shell

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  • 25m3 Bark
  • 7m3 Stone
  • 10m3 Soil
  • 11m3 Supersoil
  • 15m3 Compost
  • 11m3 Shell

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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. 

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We welcome pick-up of product by the public for volumes 1m3 and over. If your trailer is unable to hold the weight of our minimum pick up volume, please book a delivery. Please check your estimated trailer weight rating below.

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  • Shell
  • Compost
  • Soil
  • Stones / Aggregates
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(1,500kg limit)
  • Bark / Mulches
  • Shell
  • Compost
  • Soil
  • Stones / Aggregates
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Tip truck
(2,000kg limit)
  • Bark / Mulches
  • Shell
  • Compost
  • Soil
  • Stones / Aggregates

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We’re working on providing you with all the information you need in just a couple of clicks.  Below is a list of our major retailers. Please contact them for stock and supply.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Not all of our products are supplied to all retailers. We can only guarantee product quality of products we manufacture.

Nelson
  • Wholesale Landscapes – Stoke Lifestyles Yard

  • Stoke Garden & Landscapes

Richmond
  • Bay Landscape & Garden Centre

  • Goldpine Richmond

Mapua
  • Mapua Landscapes

Motueka
  • Stonescape Landscape Supplies (Concrete & Metals)

North Canterbury
  • Woodend Landscape Supplies

Christchurch
  • Garden Box – Middleton

  • Urban Paving – Harewood

  • Pearsons Landscape Supplies – Bromley

  • Styx Mill Landscape & Nursery  – Styx               

  • Mitre 10 Ferrymead 

South Canterbury
  • Fulton Hogan Timaru

  • Ashburton Construction Ltd (ACL)

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This product isn’t distributed directly by Wholesale Landscapes. We can only guarantee stock at our Lifestyles Yard located at 55, Saxton Road, Stoke, Nelson. 

If this doesn’t suit you or you require a smaller volume under 1.5m3, please see the list of retailers for the same or similar alternative products.

Nelson
  • Wholesale Landscapes – Stoke Lifestyles Yard

  • Stoke Garden & Landscapes

Richmond
  • Bay Landscape & Garden Centre

  • Goldpine Richmond

Mapua
  • Mapua Landscapes

Motueka
  • Stonescape Landscape Supplies (Concrete & Metals)

North Canterbury
  • Woodend Landscape Supplies

Christchurch
  • Garden Box – Middleton

  • Urban Paving – Harewood

  • Pearsons Landscape Supplies – Bromley

  • Styx Mill Landscape & Nursery  – Styx               

  • Mitre 10 Ferrymead 

South Canterbury
  • Fulton Hogan Timaru

  • Ashburton Construction Ltd (ACL)

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