A background in education, a passion for play, a love of plants and an interest in fostering ways children can connect with nature, led Emma to create Woodland Escape - a company specialising in nature-based playgrounds.  

 

Emma grew up in Canada and spent several years travelling and teaching before settling in New Zealand with her Christchurch-born husband.  Whilst raising their boys, Emma became more interested in child development and the importance of play.  The idea of a career in playground/school ground design was simmering on the back burner when she was fortunate to meet John Allen of Elementals, a local nature-based playground specialist.  Emma spent two years working and learning from John, before stepping out on her own.  Emma loves connecting with people and working with them to develop their space into something that is unique to them.  Woodland Escape has a strong, collaborative connection with local experts and businesses - this collaborative way of working - sharing ideas and expertise - ensures your project is completed to a high standard.