Nursery site Spring Open Day after closure fears

THE MAYOR of Hailsham was among dignatries visiting a Spring Open Day at New Road Nurseries in Hellingly on April 15.

The nursery site was saved from closure by the NHS by Care Co-Operatives a social enterprise company based in Brighton, last year. Some 20 clients with mental health issues work at the site which gives them therapeutic work growing vegetables, plants, and other activities.

Karen Barford, business development manager at Care Co-ops, said: “We couldn’t have picked a better day to welcome our service users, customers old and new and supporters from the wider community. With temperatures in the seventies, plants in full bloom and our plans for the future in place, we were pleased that so many people came to have a look around and share in our vision for the future of the site.”

The nursery has been transformed since November last year 2010 with new safety systems and development plans put in place including the development of further facilities for their customers and service users.

Care Co-ops is ploughing all the profits from nursery sales back in to develop the site and continue to provide therapeutic work placements for people with mental health support needs and mild to moderate learning disabilities

Karen Barford added: “The nursery is at the heart our development plans, which include a café, training rooms, renewable energy projects as well as developing and supporting new eco business opportunities.

“We would love to hear from people interested in working with us, especially other social enterprises, to help provide further work-focused skills, training and opportunities for local people and increasing the availability of locally produced, ecological goods.”