One couple has revealed how budget-friendly social media purchases have created an exciting adventure park for their kids in their backyard.
Lisa Town and Craig Turrell, both 29, who live in Lancing, with their children Jayden, six, and Sophia, one, decided to transform their backyard after it was overrun with wildlife.
The couple had become frustrated with their children’s toys being scattered all over the place and had no excuse for not taking advantage of the space after foxes, who had a den that the family didn’t want to disturb, moved on.
The area was a fox den for seven years. We didn’t do anything about the room because we didn’t want to disturb them. As a result, the area filled with brambles, nettles, comfrey and bindweed. It also had a broken concrete path, ”Lisa said.
Lisa Town and Craig Turrell, both 29, who live in Lancing, have turned their garden into a playground for their kids with just over £ 200. The completed playground features a swing and slide, a trampoline, hopscoth and a wooden bench in a gated area where the kids can play to their heart’s content
The couple was able to save money by shopping on Facebook Marketplace, and many of the items they needed were picked up for free, such as the jungle gym.
Lisa said they had avoided working on their yard for the past few years so as not to disturb a fox’s den, but the space had become overgrown and cluttered with toys scattered all over the place
How much did Lisa and Craig’s garden modification cost?
Playset: Free from Facebook
Hopscotch: £ 10
Sleepers: salvaged from scrap metal
Fence: Old wooden pallets
Lining: Free work carb board
Ton bags: free of storage
Bark: £ 200
‘Plus, because our house is much higher than our neighbors,’ we had to build a new wooden wall to keep the mud from falling on their fence and breaking it. ‘
Lisa recently realized it would be easy to take back the garden and said, “Our neighbor cut down two very large coniferous trees, causing the foxes to leave.
We had no excuse then – we had to do something with that area.
‘We didn’t like the fact that the kids’ toys were scattered all over the place, so we thought a park would be great for keeping everything in one place – and it would avoid the need for flowers that would inevitably be trampled.’
Lisa and Craig said that when they started building the adventure park, buying supplies ended up being a very cheap process.
Lisa said, “The jungle gym was given to us for free, and we already had the sandbox – we just repainted it.
We picked up the trampoline for free from Facebook Marketplace, and the hopscotch was available for purchase there for £ 10.
Lisa said they decided to turn the yard into an adventure park because they didn’t like scattering their kids’ toys all over the place. Pictured: garden during transformation
Lisa got the supplies to make a flower bed for free from Facebook Marketplace. She said creating the playground meant that most of the garden could be free of flowers that would only be trampled on
Lisa Town and Craig Turrell, with Jayden, six, and Sophia, one
The balance beam was free and someone threw the sleepers away. Then we made the fence from pallets.
“We decided to put flowers in a wooden bed to protect them, and we got that stuff from Marketplace for free.
‘The liner was free because we used cardboard from my partner’s workplace, and people were throwing away barrel bags, so those were free for us too!
‘The most expensive item turned out to be the bark we got from Asda.
We had to get more than we thought because it is such a large area. We used a 3 for £ 10 deal and spent £ 200 in total.
‘After pricing trampolines, climbing frames and so on online, we think we saved over £ 1,000 by saving bargains from Marketplace!’
When supplies were ready, it was time to start building.
Lisa explained that after pricing everything in their adventure park, they saved over £ 1,000. Pictured: garden during transformation. The couple saved on fencing by turning it into wooden pallets
She continued, “First we had to cut all the weeds so we could dig it out. We then had to go down the same path and remove it.
The next step was digging and leveling the soil, as it has a two-way slope. We then had to make a wooden wall and post it to the edge to keep the earth from falling and breaking the fence of the next door.
It was then time to strip the pallets and cut them all to length before rounding the ends. We sanded them all and screwed them in place to make the fences.
Lisa said the last part of the overhaul was setting up the trampoline, hopscotch (pictured), and balance beam. The hopscotch costs just £ 10 from Facebook Marketplace
‘We then had to separate sections in boxes, leashes and bark at the same time because we kept running out of boxes, bags and barks. That was probably one of the biggest challenges we faced along with digging up the concrete and making the fence.
‘The jungle gym was next – it went up, and then we put down the sandbox. We painted both and then placed bark in that area. We put the sleepers along the edge to hold the liner until we have more supplies.
‘We boxed then and covered the rest of the area. Finally, we put the trampoline, hopscotch and balance beam in place and finished by placing the bark in that section. ‘
Tom Church, Co-Founder of LatestDeals.co.uk added: ‘Lisa and Craig have done a great job transforming their backyard. This adventure park is a great way to keep their little ones entertained, especially as the summer months are just around the corner.
“Buying supplies from online marketplaces and friends or family is such an effective way to keep costs down – one person’s waste is another’s treasure!”