Dad builds his kids an ice rink in the back garden for under £30

A hero dad has transformed his back garden into a magical ice rink for under £30.

Given how ‘ice hockey obsessed’ his kids are, Craig Murdoch, 47, decided to build the impressive ice rink after new coronavirus restrictions shut sports facilities again.

It took just two days to create and Craig’s family had about two weeks of every day use on the mini ice rink.

His children Harry, 19, Arran, 11, and five-year-old Anna loved skating and playing hockey at home in Coylton, South Ayrshire.

Craig, who works as a technician, said: ‘Our kids are ice hockey obsessed and the rinks have been closed on and off for most of the year, so we wanted to give them a chance to get back on the ice.

‘They think it’s great that we have our own ice rink in the back garden.’

Craig built the ice rink with a cheap set up, consisting of scrap tinder and water – with the edge timbers costing £15 and the heavy duty polythene sheet just £12.

He assembled the ring by cutting the timber to length to form an edge kerb, then laying trimmed polythene on top. After adding a few inches of water he then waited for the cold to freeze it over and complete the job.

‘It took about an hour to cut and fix the timbers,’ he said.

‘My deck is an octagonal shape so there’s maybe a bit more cutting and mitring than a square deck would take.

‘The polythene comes in a roll; simply unroll it and lay it out over the deck, try to flatten it out as much as possible and make sure the edges turn up against the inside of the timber kerb.

‘No need to fix it, the weight of the water will hold it in place.

‘Add water with a garden hose – or a bucket – until it’s about two inches deep. A day or two of cold enough weather and it will be frozen solid and can be walked or skated on.

‘After a couple of hours of skating the ice can get quite cut up, but we’ve found the best way to get it back to a nice sheet of ice is to brush off the loose stuff and use a mop and bucket of warm water right over the surface.

‘It melts flat any rough bits and fills any scores but quickly cools and refreezes.’

Craig says his kids ‘love it’ and they’ve been ‘messing about on it’ non-stop.

That’s one way to see the lockdown through.

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