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Adventure Playgrounds started life in Denmark in the aftermath of World War II. Originally known as Junk Playgrounds, they were brought to the UK by Lady Allen of Hurtwood, a landscape architect and life-long champion of children's right to play. Books and Chapters available on-line: 

Adventure Playgrounds, Avrid Bengtsson

Adventure Playgrounds: An Introduction, Harry Shier

'Adventure Playgrounds and Postwar Reconstruction',  Chapter 8, Designing Modern Childhoods,  Roy Kozlovsky 

Articles and Papers

A History of Adventure Play, Fair Play for Children

Books Available to Purchase 

Architecture of Play: A Survery of London's Adventure Playgrounds, Nils Norman

Planning for Play, Lady Allen of Hurtwood, download or print