This month, as part of my Businesses that Green Our World series, I’d like to introduce GardenClimbingFrames.co.uk, a young company that aims to make outdoor play eco-friendly and accessible to all.
Understanding the importance of the freedom to play in a child’s development and with a shared passion for outdoor play, partners Paul and Marianne are on a mission to make bespoke garden play equipment fun, sustainable and affordable for all. To tell us their story and more about their fabulous products, here is my interview with Garden Climbing Frames owner, Paul Smith.
I asked Paul to tell me a little more about himself and their story
I have worked in ecommerce almost all of my life, building every type of online shop imaginable from bikes to bagpipes. In 2003 I made the leap to start my own business RealSports.co.uk, selling games tables such as pool, snooker, air hockey and table tennis.
Tell me more about your products and what makes them special?
Garden Climbing Frames have evolved over the years, making leaps and bounds, both in terms of their design and the choice of materials to create them. Our Action climbing frames are beautifully constructed from top grade *PEFC pine which is sustainably sourced in order to help protect the environment for future generations to enjoy. They are also as sturdy as their metal counterparts, but arguably look far more beautiful in a natural garden environment.
Unlike the “come as they are” designs of the past, our flexible modular climbing frames can be positioned in a number of ways to suit the shape and size of your garden. In addition you only pay for the features you really want, such as a swing arm, slide or fireman’s pole, saving you money and space in the garden.
*PEFC – The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to ensuring that timber products are produced with respect for the highest ecological social and ethical standards. Consumers who choose PEFC certified products actively help to maintain our forests and natural resources for generations to come.
After meeting my lovely partner Marianne two years ago, we soon realised we shared a passion for play and looked for a way to explore this. Stories of her childhood adventures, playing on homemade go carts, assault courses and tree houses inspired us to create Garden Climbing Frames to help bring the same excitement and happiness to children everywhere, whilst helping to encourage active outdoor play and exercise.
We wanted to find a way of making climbing frames accessible and affordable to all. The modular nature of the Action range allows parents to choose their own design, whilst controlling the budget at all times and having a positive impact on the environment. New and exciting play modules can be added as children grow up and develop new abilities and skills or as a special treat for birthdays and Christmas.
What has been your proudest moment to date?
We are lucky enough to live right next to RAF Brize Norton and get to watch all of the planes on maneuvers each day. This summer we helped to sponsor the officers annual summer ball by providing a selection of giant garden games and croquet sets for the event. In gratitude for their service, we offer a permanent 10% discount for all RAF members.
What has been your biggest success to date?
We have recently launched a children’s competition to design their dream climbing frame to win £250 for mum and dad to spend with us on slides, swings and accessories. We have loved looking through the creative entries. Our favourite designs included a trampoline and even a hang glider – something for us to consider in the future perhaps?
What are your plans for the rest of 2012 and looking forward to 2013?
We shall be introducing a new professional installation service, which will initially cover a one hundred mile radius of Oxfordshire with plans to expand upon its success.
Where can people buy/ find out more about your product?
Visit our website www.gardenclimbingframes.co.uk for complete climbing frame sets, play modules and climbing frame accessories. Why not design your own climbing frame using our free tools or ask one of our play team to design your dream climbing frame with you.
Finally, Paul has agreed to give all Queen of Easy Green fans the opportunity to win an incredible prize giveaway worth over £250!
This fabulous prize includes a standalone double swing arm with the winners choice of *swing attachments!
The Victory (as seen in the picture above) has space for two double rope attachments, such as a wooden swing seat and a baby swing, plus one single rope attachment on the end, such as a climbing rope or monkey seat.
For your chance of winning this amazing prize, just complete the box below and good luck!
*Offer excludes duo swing seat (which requires additional swing supports) and rubber swing seat with steel chains.
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