In memory of four-year-old Jake Smith who passed away in December 2016, the project comprised a bespoke treehouse designed and built in memory of Jake, along with a surrounding walkway and garden area, fully furnished with Marley’s iconic anti-slip decking product, CitiDeck®.
Funding for the project was raised with the help of Strensall Community, Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy, and Jake’s family with the ambition being to create something that would not only be a memory to Jake, but also give back to the local community. The treehouse (named “Jake’s Treehouse”) was expertly designed by Playscheme to reflect Jake’s personality, with quirky angles and coloured windows to represent his liveliness and enthusiasm. The vibrant design is something of a hit with the local children, who also had input into the creation of the space itself.
The surrounding garden area includes a planting space for the community to use, with local families bringing along flowers to plant in memory of Jake. Additionally, a small pond and tree platform were also included to bring some natural vibrancy and greenery to the space. The treehouse itself also uses adorning skylights and windows to draw in the natural light, which helps to bring a great deal of that vibrancy inside.