Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – The Dell

The Dell
John Hope Gateway
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Dell is a permanent, multi functional education play space for children between the ages of 1­-5. This environment aims to teach about the vast collection of trees, seeds and nuts found within the botanical gardens.

Following extensive research and consultation, we designed and fabricated the space around three tree stump forms and a large horseshoe bench. The multi faceted furniture incorporates drop down chutes, peepholes, secret cupboards and crawl holes. We used locally sourced ash, elm, oak and sycamore to accompany the birch ply bases.

Collaborating with the designer Cavan Convery, we created illustrative window graphics and a unique Marmoleum floor which included representations of the leaves and seeds associated with the wood found within the space.


Birch Plywood