Playground Fencing | School Fencing

Playground Fencing and Gates

Our playground fencing and gates are available in a range of colours, sizes and styles and have been specially designed with safety, security and durability in mind.

At Jacksons we offer a variety of solutions in timber and steel for school, playground, and play area applications where security, safety, durability, and sustainability are key considerations. All our playground fencing and playground gates are RoSPA approved with no finger traps or sharp edges, and feature anti-trap pale spacing.

Unlike other fencing manufacturers we offer both standard and bespoke options.

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Fencing and Gates for Playgrounds

Do you need a fence around a playground?

Public playgrounds and play areas should have a perimeter fence or railings, and access gates. This helps to contain children within the safe playground or play area, keeping them away from hazards in the park such as roads or open water, but also keeping other users of the park segmented from the playground. This could be dogs off leads; reducing the chance of dogs fouling in the playground, people cycling through the park, and also keeping ball games separate. In addition, a playground fence or railings will help children feel secure but also allow independence, having an area dedicated for play.

How tall should playground fencing be?

The most common playground fence height is 1.1m but a height between 1.0m to 1.2m is acceptable. The minimum height of a playground fence should be 1.0m. This is enough to try and discourage children climbing the fence rather than using a gate. Do note that you will never stop older children climbing fencing around a playground, so it is important that the fence is strong and designed for play areas with anti-trap properties preventing children getting their heads, necks or limbs stuck between the pales.

What material are playground fences?

This usually depends on the surroundings. The materials are commonly steel for metal anti-trap playground railings, which are usually powder coated to provide a welcoming environment, or timber. It is important to install a timber fence that is well treated and provides a long warranty. No matter the material it is vital that the fence will provide protection against vandalism, has anti-trap properties, and complies with BS EN 1176 play fence standard.

What type of railings should be used for play areas?

A metal railing with anti-trap properties designed for playgrounds is key. This will usually be a design where the gap between each hoop above the top rail is wider, preventing children getting their heads, necks, or limbs stuck between metal railing pales. A tubular pale-through-rail design to provide a strong structure without visible joints and vandal proof connectors is also recommended to provide longevity as it has less chance of being vandalised. Powder coating to make the area feel welcoming for children is also a high priority.

What type of timber fencing should be used for playgrounds?

Avoid standard timber palisade or picked fencing, this style of fencing can be easily vandalised and poses a risk to children using the park as the pales often do not have anti-trap properties. Look for a fence that is designed for playgrounds or play areas with anti-trap tops/pale spacing, pales sandwiched between rails, safe anti-vandal fixings and is provided with a long treatment warranty (25 years). This reduces the risk of children getting their limbs or necks stuck, the fence having to be replaced due to vandalism, and also increases longevity.

Playground fencing

Our fencing in play

Read about how Bournemouth. Christchurch, and Poole Council invested in our timber Playtime fencing in the early 2000s which still stands strong today, even after equipment replacements and refurbishments inside the play areas.

School fencing and gates

Whether you require playground fencing to create safe and fun play areas, outdoor classrooms, or to separate different year groups, our fencing solutions are available in various heights, and with optional polyester powder coating in a huge range of colours, you can create welcoming and easily identifiable areas within the school grounds.

In addition to our playground fencing products, we manufacture a wide range of school fencing and gates suitable for creating safe, welcoming school environments. We design,  manufacture, and install metal railings, vertical bar fencing, timber fencing and welded mesh panels for school perimeter security, as well as acoustic barriers and sports fencing solutions for noise reduction and safe sports pitches and fields.

All our playground and school fencing comes with a 25 year guarantee, providing a low lifetime cost.

RoSPA Fencing

What is RoSPA approved fencing?

RoSPA approved fencing refers to fencing that meets the safety standards and guidelines set by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). RoSPA is a charity which provides advice, consultations, and auditing for a variety of sectors and products. Our playground fencing has been audited to be RoSPA compliant.

What is the function of RoSPA fencing?

Fencing around a playground is required to contain children within the relative safety of the play area and keep dogs out of the play area, while giving children a sense that it is their area and separate from the surroundings. If the fence is RoSPA approved, it ensures the actual fence itself is safe and does not cause harm.

What are the main requirements of RoSPA fencing?

The fencing should be of sufficient height to prevent climbing or accidental falls. Typically, for playgrounds, a minimum height of 1.2 metres is recommended. The materials used should be durable and safe, without sharp edges that could cause injury. The construction should be robust enough to withstand typical use and weather conditions. The gaps between fence posts or panels should be narrow enough to prevent children from getting their heads, limbs, or bodies stuck. Generally, gaps should be no wider than 100mm. The clearance between the bottom of the fence and the ground should be minimised to prevent children from crawling underneath. Typically, a maximum clearance of 100mm is recommended. The fencing should provide clear visibility for supervision. Gates and access points should be secure and child-proof. Regular maintenance is essential to ensure the fencing remains in good condition and continues to meet safety standards.