Timber effect playground created at West Gorton Community Park


Massey and Harris designs and installs a timber effect playground in flood affected park in Manchester.

The area in West Gorton, Manchester had suffered from flooding in recent years. After consultation with residents, the area was to made up in three separate areas.

The woodland area towards the north of the park was planted up as a “rain garden” along with various timber play features.



Massey and Harris were approached to offer play kit, and we supplied our new and innovative timber effect powder coated swing frame.

The timber effect swing frame consists of a strong steel frame with a lifelike timber effect applied to it. There’s up to 15 different timber patterns that can be applied to the swing frame.

With the swing being steel, it’s not going to be affected by the potential water absorption of the ‘rain garden’, and with the swing frame being timber effect, it sits very sympathetically within the environment.


The end result for the project was a clear demonstration in how material technologies can be used to make even play equipment perform at a high level.

The client was impressed that we could provide something that fitted into the environment, yet offered superior performance in a challenging day to day application.

To find out more about how Massey and Harris can apply our realistic timber effect powder coating to your products, contact our office on 0161 480 5243.

Check out our timber swing range here.