Queen gets go-ahead for new Sandringham adventure playground - inspired by Kate Middleton's nature garden

We can't wait to see the Queen's new outdoor space

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The Queen was been inspired by granddaughter-in-law Kate Middelton, after planning permission for an adventure playground next to her country house on the Sandringham Estate, was approved.

• The Queen had her plans for the new playground, on the Sandringham Estate, approved by the local council on Friday
• It is thought that the new adventure playground, inspired by Kate’s Back to Nature Garden last year, will include swings, slides, a zip wire and a high-level walkway
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The Queen was apparently inspired by The Duchess of Cambridge’s Back to Nature garden at last year's Chelsea Flower Show – which featured a swing and treehouse.

The Sandringham Estate, which is the county home of the Queen, has 500,000 visitors a year. Based in Norfolk it has 20,000 acres of grounds.

According to sources the application for the new playground was admitted to King's Lynn and West Norfolk Council last month and approved by them on Friday – the Queen and Phillips wedding anniversary.

The area currently already has a play area, but it will be expanded and includes swings, slides, a high-level walkway and even a zip wire – we can’t wait to see the Queen on that!

The adventure playground will also be built among the trees – something which her grandchildren Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte, we are sure, will love.

Creating Adventurous Spaces Ltd, who have been commissioned to design and create the space, also told how a Victorian landmark on the grounds - an eight-metre tall Appleton Water Tower - will be the centrepiece for the new playground.

The tower will include a tube slide and spiral staircase, while the Queen has also asked for bat-friendly flowers such as ivy and honeysuckle, to be planted round the playground.

One of the Queen's other homes, Buckingham Palace has begun work on renovating the Picture Gallery as part of its 10-year refurbishment plan.

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