Sustainability + Beauty + Function
Our journey begins with the environment in mind. We prioritize sustainable practices, building handsome structures in untreated yet durable timber – much of it locally grown, and other lower impact materials. We reuse what we can, seek alternatives to cement and minimise waste.
In design and build we also maximise opportunities to create niches for wildlife, the growing of food, beautiful colourful landscapes, opportunities for play, entertaining and relaxation and accessibility. A clever design can bring benefits across all these areas.
Experienced and Skilled Team
The success of Monkey Business Design is anchored in its team of passionate professionals, including Managing Director and Designer Chris Swinburn, who brings years of expertise in landscaping, gardening, and wood construction.
Versatile Project Scope
Whether it’s designing a charming playhouse for a private garden or developing large-scale community parks and school playgrounds, Monkey Business Design is adept at handling projects of varying sizes and complexities, catering to a diverse range of clients.
Commitment to Ecological Restoration
Beyond play equipment, the company is also deeply involved in ecological restoration and wildlife recovery, demonstrating a commitment to environmental conservation and sustainable development.
Our Story/Meet The Team
Nestled in Bristol, Monkey Business Design was founded on a passion for sustainable design and environmental stewardship. For over a decade, we’ve been transforming outdoor spaces throughout the Southwest of England with imaginative, eco-friendly play equipment and structures. From whimsical playhouses to extensive community projects, every design reflects our dedication to ecological harmony and innovation.
Our ops team members follow safe working practice (including PPE) and are DBS certified.
Already Have a Design?
We may be happy to discuss your design, make any recommendations and provide a competitive quote for construction only.
Working With Us
Working with us – Are you a (landscape) architect or garden designer looking to bring your ideas to life? A school staff member or parent looking to create a fun space for your kids to enjoy? A Project Manager for a park or estate, a landowner wanting to improve habitat on your land or a Supplier with products that complement our range? If so, please get in touch.We also want to hear from you if you are a skilled worker or considering an internship — we’re sometimes on the lookout for individuals to join our design and operations teams.
MANAGING DIRECTOR AND DESIGNER.
Chris set up Monkey Business Design — and prior to this, a landscape gardening company called Garden Doctor — with many years of experience in landscaping, gardening, and building with wood. He has worked previously in arboriculture, parks management, and environmental education.
SITE MANAGER/TEAM LEADER
Matt is a skilled landscaper/carpenter (and ex-plumber) and runs the site.
Bill joined us in 2021 and exclusively works for Monkey Business Design.
Liam joined us in 2021 and works under contract for Garden Doctor and Monkey Business Design.