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Jake’s Treehouse

Client/Developer: Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy
Architect/Designer: Playscheme
Builder: Playscheme


Jake Smith passed away in December 2016 aged four and his family were keen to build something in memory of him. The Strensall community and Robert Wilkinson School, designed and built a treehouse for Jake.

A space was designed, elevated off the ground with a raised walkway, tree platform, clatter bridge and a sensory gazebo and it was named ‘Jake’s Tree house’. Coloured windows and a sky light allow coloured and natural light to flood into the gazebo creating a light space perfect for playing or learning. A planting space was also included in the area and flowers were planted in memory of Jake.

The project is a tribute to the community, and Jake’s family and
the school continue to fundraise for Dravet Syndrome UK and York Inspirational Kids.

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