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Tensile Solutions launches 'Creature Canopies' a World exclusive!

18 January 2012

Tensile Solutions Ltd launches Creature Canopies, a World exclusive in safe, outdoor play for children

A recent survey revealed that around 40% of school age children experience sunburn whilst at school. In response NICE has advised that suitable structures to help children seek shade may help reduce their UV exposure. Tensile Solutions ( based in Herefordshire have designed and engineered a unique range of ‘Creature Canopies’ that provide 100% UV protection, in a series of fun designs that children will love to play under. This range is the first of its kind in the world and launches in January 2012, ready for international installation.

Having two young children themselves, directors Sam and Heather Walker fully understand the importance of sun protection.  Sam Walker explains:

“With young children it is vital to get outside as much as possible and we need to be so careful with their skin care. The UK seasons are quite extraordinary at the moment with 2011 bringing one of the warmest Aprils for over 300 years and a summer that was 25% wetter than normal. Our new Creature Canopy range enables children to play outside safely, whatever the weather in the UK and internationally.”

The ‘Creature Canopies’ are bright and appealing to children with a choice of a ladybird, bee, monster and a caterpillar walkway which can all be designed in school colours if requested. The canopies come with a 10 year guarantee* and have full engineering to meet all local weather conditions and are also 100% waterproof. They provide an attractive and essential addition to the school playground, nursery, public park, festival site and other similar locations. 

The first installation of a Creature Canopy was at Eastington primary school in Gloucestershire. This was met with huge enthusiasm by children, staff and parents alike. “It is colourful and attractive but also very functional, as the material will block harmful UV rays in the Summer. The children are very excited about it and it has become a real focal point for the playground,” says Malcolm Strang, Headteacher.

 *structure must be maintained by an approved company in accordance with its maintenance manual. Visit for more details.