“ Brand: TP / Type: Playtent / Playhouse for use with Sherwood Deck „
The Sherwood Canopy was the last thing we attached to our TP Sherwood Deck with swing arm when we built it, a couple of years ago now. As you can see from the picture above (it's the green thing), it's a small canvas tent like cover for the top of the platform which provides cover from the sun and a good hiding space for children. It has two doors in it so that children can climb up one side of the deck and down the other, alternatively it's compatible with a TP slide, which is the configuration we have it in - note the canopy is only the roof part of what you see in the picture, the matching side panels came with the deck.
Our canopy came as part of the set we bought, but it can be bought for £40-£45 from TP suppliers and retro-fitted to an existing set up, clearly you need a Sherwood deck to use it this item. We found the canopy was easy enough to attach, involving only attaching via the strong black canvas straps and securing via a small number of screws at the bottom on each side.
The canopy is designed to remain fitted to the deck, you could I suppose, in theory, remove it in Winter but we have never bothered. As it turns out, choosing to site our deck under some trees (the largest available space in the garden, as the deck does require quite a lot of space) was a bit of a mistake in some ways, though the trees do provide some additional shade we have found that birds do perch in trees and are prone to using the whole thing as a toilet. Luckily the canopy is waterproof as the canvas is of good quality and quite thick, and all the edges are well sewn. Though, over time, as well as having a bird issue, the canopy has built up some mildew (I'm not painting a pretty picture here am I?!) it can be cleaned with a stiff brush and water and comes up as good as new I've found. TP only guarantee the canopy for a year; in comparison the metal parts of the tower have a lifetime guarantee, I haven't found though that the canvas has degraded at all even though it's been in place during two very harsh Winters.
Play-wise, the canopy is a pretty good place for children to hide or have secret club meetings, play pirates or shelter from the elements. To give you some idea of how big the tented area it provides is, it's 100cm wide and about 150cm deep, and according to my measurements 125cm at its highest point, smaller children can walk safely from one side of it where there is a place to peek, to the other. The two doors are just about the right height at about 80cm for children to scramble through and it works well with the slide fitted too.
In my opinion the canopy is a great addition to the Sherwood deck, the only TP system with which it is compatible, it's great as giving the deck greater play value in my opinion, so if you have, or are intending to buy, a Sherwood Deck I would really recommend it.