About us

We are a not-for-profit community interest company, brought together by our passion for design and education for children, with the ethics of earth care, people care and care for the future central to all that we do. We specialise in redesigning spaces to create a harmony between humans and the rest of the natural world, and in training teachers in ways to make the most of these spaces with children. You can read a little more about some of our core team below. 

niamhue robins

Nim is the lead designer and founder of Organic Playgrounds. She has an educational background in both Ecological science and teaching, and worked as a primary school teacher for several years before deciding to specialise in outdoor learning.  

Nim has spent the past 11 years focused on studying and teaching permaculture design internationally, and is especially passionate about exploring new ways to design habitats specifically for children to inspire their connection to (and love of) nature.


She holds a Diploma and teacher training certificate in Permaculture design, and is also a Forest School leader. Alongside the design work, Nim runs our teacher training courses and childrens workshops. She is also a certified trainer with Children in Permaculture and runs regular training courses online for educators of children.


bob robinson

Bob is co-director, carpenter and willow expert of Organic Playgrounds. He has a great love and understanding of the outdoors, specialising in environmental science and organic sustainable agriculture.

Bob is also a qualified tradesman, and has a wide variety of skills in building and woodwork techniques. He also has significant experience in grounds maintenance, covering a wide range of gardening and landscaping practices.


peter lees

Pete has been a carpenter for 10 years, working in various disciplines from site carpentry to traditional oak framing and furniture making, and is our lead carpenter for our outdoor classrooms and storytelling chairs. He has a great passion for the outdoors and his work has progressed towards a variety of organic and natural methods, including straw bale building and timber framing using natural round wood. Nature and intuition are continually at the heart of Pete's design. 


Teaching has been a significant part of Pete's work, and he works regularly with schools and community groups. He has also worked closely with adults with learning disabilities on several projects from furniture making to shelter building.

All of our little crew hold up to date DBS certificates to allow us to work unaccompanied with children. We are all also fully insured for working in a school environment.


We're all also very friendly and love to chat about anything related to playspaces, nature, children or permaculture, especially over a cup of tea.