National Picnic Week

16th to 25th June is National Picnic Week. What better excuse do you need to enjoy your outdoor space?

National Picnic Week aims to encourage people to get together over a picnic. ​Picnicking is one of the UK’s most enjoyable summer traditions, and is a great way of taking advantage of any open spaces in your local area over the warmer months of the year. There are so many places you can enjoy a picnic – your garden, school playground, local park, or further afield at a local beauty spot.

Children in particular love a picnic and it’s a great way to have a cheap and cheerful day out – all you need is a rug and some food. The food can be as simple or elaborate as you like, but of course sandwiches are traditional!

Why not take along some toys, games and activities as well as the picnic. Popular outdoor activities include:

  • A game of frisbee
  • Cricket
  • Rounders
  • I-spy
  • Football

And if all this talk of the outdoors makes you realise your outdoor space could do with some TLC ready for summer, then get in touch. Our artificial grass, wetpour safety surfaces and resin bound gravel solutions can quickly and economically create a really attractive space.

The Hollies Pre-school, Poynton

Before and After - The Hollies

The Hollies is a pre-school in Poynton, Cheshire, for children aged between two and four years old. The outdoor play area had become very tired and, despite repairs, was in need of a total revamp. The staff, parents and children undertook fundraising and sponsored activities and raised £15,000 to replace the surfaces and buy new play equipment.

The Surfacing Group was appointed to carry out the surfacing work, involving coloured wetpour safety surfaces as well as an area of artificial grass. The work was completed in April 2017.


The new playground provides the children with a safe and attractive new space to play and the Headteacher of The Hollies commented: “We’re so pleased with the finished result – the coloured surfaces are bright and attractive and the children love playing outdoors even more now. The designs inspire the children in their games and make the space more interesting.”

An official opening for the playground is planned for 30th June with the Mayor of Poynton and the local MP being invited as well as parents, children and staff.

National Gardening Week

National Gardening Week

National Gardening Week is 10th to 16th April – another reason to get out and enjoy outside spaces, whether that’s your garden or a local park.

National Gardening Week was launched six years ago by the Royal Horticultural Society and has grown into the country’s biggest celebration of gardening. Thousands of people, gardens, charities, retailers, culture and heritage organisations and groups get involved.

However much or little space you have, there is a way you can get involved. The RHS suggests activities such as:

  • Create a sensory garden
  • Plant vegetables
  • Plant herbs in containers
  • Start an allotment
  • Plant a tree
  • Make a log shelter
  • Start a compost heap

If all this talk of gardening makes you think your garden or outside space could do with a makeover, The Surfacing Group can help with attractive and practical surfaces, from artificial grass to driveways and safety surfaces.