Who we are


We are a family business with a passion for promoting natural outdoor play. Led by Alastair and Melanie Guy, our team design and build bespoke play equipment and recreational spaces. Using locally sourced timber and traditional techniques, our bespoke installations are sustainable, durable and beautifully unique.

Our team

Alastair Guy

Creative Director

From a nautical and boat building background and with over 30 years experience designing and making unique timber adventure play structures across the UK, Alastair has extensive experience in timber construction. He is an acknowledged specialist in play concepts and compliance with children’s play safety guidelines.

Melanie Guy

Creative Director

Melanie shares her art and design skills and sculptural vision with the team and with her experience in the education sector, has shaped the playground business into what it has become today.

Barney Guy

Procurement, Construction & Logistics

Barney has worked along side the playground business using design, timber supply and steel fabrication and construction skills for the last 20 years, whilst running his own tree-based business.

Samuel Guy

Play Designer & Handmade Construction

Samuel is an experienced and skilled timber construction designer, turning his hand to many creative challenges and creating unique fun adventure playscapes.

Hannah Guy

Project Photographer

Hannah has kept the office organised so the team can give their full attention to the creativity in each project and is now our in house photographer, providing documentation for each project.

Gemma Guy

Finance & Admin

Gemma brings her skills & experience of accounts & finance to each project ensuring they run smoothly, on time and on budget.

Our story began in the late 1970s with the building of ‘Adventure play’ for the art and music Elephant Fair Festival at Port Eliot in Cornwall. In the early ‘80s, from collaboration with Lord Lansdowne, there evolved the renowned Bowood Adventure Playground.

Since then, we’ve turned our craftsmanship to a remarkable assortment of innovative projects around the country and from our high-profile installations at the Glastonbury Festival’s Greenpeace field, our creativity has been in high demand.

Whether it’s a small private playground or an ambitiously big project for a school, local authority or major visitor attraction, we work wonders with wood. Our installations are more than a fun place for children to play, they are a challenging, adventurous resource that help with learning, problem-solving and confidence building.

Alastair Guy’s inspiring play environments are made possible through the extraordinary vision, experience and skill of our team. We are the people who turn grand plans into playgrounds.

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