Eden Camp’s brand-new play area, built from recycled Happy Meals, will be a durable and safe space for fun!

Eden Camp Modern History Museum is continuing in their Green Mission to create a sustainable and durable tourist attraction with the addition of a new play area made from recycled McDonalds’ Happy Meals.

The junior play area was due an update following the renovation of the under 5s play area back in 2020, and with the announcement of the museum’s Green Policy, Eden Camp looked to find a new way of installing an eco-friendly structure.

Using Plaswood from Berry Global, the new play area will be constructed using 95% recycled polymer plastic which reduces the carbon footprint of the play area by 96% when comparing to the use of newly manufactured plastics. In addition to this, the museum is repurposing some of the salvageable wood taken from the old play area within the foundations of the structure, thus acting as a carbon sink right next door to the car park. Any old materials such as wood or play bark has been responsibly recycled or composted where possible. Find out more about Plaswood’s recycling process here.

Site & Restorations Manager of Eden Camp, Frank Wood says,

“Using such materials will ensure a durable and weatherproof structure that can provide a safe, splinter-free, and fun environment for children to play. It is important to us that every development we have on site offsets any carbon used, especially with the historic vehicles we have, and this is a fantastic step in our commitment to remaining green.”

In April 2021, Eden Camp announced a new Environmental Policy to officially declare a commitment to the protection of the environment and responsible operations of the Museum. As a proactive preserver of history and heritage, Eden Camp is taking responsibility and embracing pollution prevention and sustainable development while continually seeking to reduce resource consumption.

With the help of local contractors who understand the need for gentle preservation when working on such a site, the play area will combine modern and green construction methods with a wartime aesthetic to remain in keeping with the museum’s heritage. This announcement comes following the fantastic news that Eden Camp was shortlisted as a finalist for the Sustainable Tourism Award in the Yorkshire Post Tourism Awards 2022.

Click here to read further on Eden Camp’s commitment.