Lindleywood was created by Simon and Helen Lindley. They have been together for over 26 years and design, handmake and hand-paint a variety of products for your home and garden from their workshop in Lincolnshire. Everything they create is Made In Britain and they use only British suppliers for their raw materials
These days enjoying sawing bits of wood, Simon originally dealt in furniture repair and customer service for over 16 years. He has also been model-making for over 30 years. Perhaps a career path that is unexpected for someone with a Geography degree! Helen, who adores painting, has had a varied career from working for charities to hand-finishing pine furniture but she also has lots of experience in many aspects of IT, customer service and business management, including helping new business start-ups. They both dreamed of creating their own business making things and gradually Lindleywood was born. It has grown from strength to strength over the years and has even been chosen by Theo Paphitis (of Dragon's Den fame) as one of his Small Business Sunday (#SBS) winners. In 2013 Helen was honoured to win the covetted Community Ambassador Award as part of the Not on the High Street Make Awards, something she was also shortlisted for in 2012.
Every product is carefully handmade from high-grade sustainable European redwood pine supplied by a small local woodmerchant. It is then handpainted with hardwearing and non-toxic water-based wood paints from Little Greene, a small independent British manufacturer who have been creating paints since 1773, enabling Lindleywood to make their original creations.
Products have been seen in a wide variety of national magazines and newspapers. In 2013 one of their purple caravan bird boxes was made for ITV's Love Your Garden programme and in 2014 Helen also appeared on The Alan Titchmarsh Show with a selection of bird boxes
Every item is handmade made from wood, a natural product, and hand-painted so each one may differ slightly. There will be variations from item to item and the grain in the wood means that each item will have its own 'character'. But that all adds to the individuality of the products. Lindleywood's products have been given as gifts for weddings, birthdays, retirement, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Christmas, anniversaries and Thank yous - in fact any occasion where customers wanted something well-made and unique.
Either way, their products are built to last, will enhance any home or garden and are sure to provide a talking point too.