About Joe Cooper
Joe used his training as a craftsman and his passion for play to set up TouchWood fifteen years ago, as a means of delivering quality, hand built play equipment that reinforces the local woodland economy and keeps traditional woodcarving skills alive. Joe’s passion for seeing places and spaces brought to life in partnership with their communities and his commitment to creating positive valuable outcomes for both play and learning have led to TouchWood collaborating with numerous key partners over the years, such as the National Trust and the Forestry Commission, delivering exciting, innovative projects all over the UK - NT Tyntesfield, NT White Cliffs and Moors Valley Country Park among others.
Most recently TouchWood Play have completed William’s Den, believed to be the UK’s largest-ever bespoke indoor timber play experience which was designed as a ‘nostalgic nod’ to a bygone era of child’s play where children were free to explore and play in natural surroundings.
During his presentation, Joe Cooper will explore how landscapes such as a beach or a woodland offer so many natural play opportunities for all generations. He then explores how these opportunities can be interpreted into a range of commercial settings through clever design and creative methods of implementation.
The seminar also touches on the latest play theories and provides successful case studies to illustrate good practice. Joe also highlights some of the key policies, fundamental in the implementation of the provision of natural play.