About Us - Lindleywood's History

We're Simon and Helen Lindley from Lincolnshire and we set up Lindleywood in April 2008. We have actually been together since 1987, having met in the 6th form at school, although only got round to getting married in 2006! We have 2 young children and love tea and camping (we even hired a campsite for our wedding!)

 

When we first met Wedding - and the bouncy castle Us now Helen and Simon Lindley


With a history between us of woodwork, property and furniture renovation, retail, and IT we have a wealth of experience that we wanted to put to good use. We've never been ones for the ordinary and always dreamed of working for ourselves. We wanted to be able to work around our family but we also wanted to actually create something with our own hands. We're still stunned that we're fortunate enough to make things out of wood for our job and we love every minute even of it……even when we're flat out busy and wondering when we'll get some sleep!

 

Helen in her studio Simon in his workshop holding tea!


Lindleywood was created after we'd made a 'normal' bird box for ourselves and some ordinary but brightly painted bird boxes for family gifts. A friend suggested making shaped bird boxes instead, and we absolutely loved the idea. The wedding chapel, split screen campervan, and Tudor house bird boxes were the first designs we made back in 2008. It was such fun making them but as we're sticklers for detail, we thought we'd never get them finished!

Lindleywood campervan bird box  Lindleywood Tudor House Bird Box



We were thrilled to get our first sale from a paying member of public a few weeks after opening. And even more thrilled that our second customer was recommended by the first!

We're lucky that our workshop is in a village and overlooks some fields - they are a big source of inspiration, although we can equally be inspired by vehicles or a walk through a city looking at buildings! We love architecture of all periods - with a fascination which spans the centuries from Bronze Age round houses to 1960s Modernist and beyond.

View over fields from our workshop Sunset view from the workshop Lincoln Cathedral from Lincoln Castle


Every item is handmade by us and most are personalised. Plus we have a bespoke service which sees us making copies of people's houses etc as bird boxes. The standard bird boxes take between 1-6 hours each to make, much more for bespoke work - our biggest bespoke orders were both copies of pubs, one in Derbyshire  and one in London, which took weeks!

Highland Cow Bird Box Chesham Arms pub bespoke bird box Devonshire Arms Pub Bird Box Mini Car Bird Box


As we've grown we've expanded our workshop but still make everything ourselves and use all UK suppliers for our packaging and raw materials.

Our products have been seen in national magazines and newspapers plus on national TV, most notably on ITV's Love Your Garden in 2013 and The Alan Titchmarsh Show in 2014. We have been nominated for, and also won, the odd business award along the way, including Theo Paphitis #SBS (Small Business Sunday) and Jacqueline Gold #WOW.

 

Lindleywood wins Not on the High Street AwardLindleywood win Theo Paphitis AwardLindleywood on the Alan Titchmarsh Show on ITV    Lindleywood Theo Paphitis Awaad

Not bad for a little business from Lincolnshire! 

Now you know our history! If you would like to know a little bit about how we work, you can read more at About Us - The Production!