HAILSHAM: Mayor joins the celebrations at spring open day

The Mayor of Hailsham at New Road Nurseries
The Mayor of Hailsham at New Road Nurseries

THE MAYOR of Hailsham, councillor Robin Kempe, joined other dignitaries at a spring open day in New Road Nurseries, Hellingly.

The nursery site was marked for closure by the NHS until it was saved by Care Co-Operatives, a social enterprise company, last year.

Around 20 people with mental health issues work at the site enjoying therapeutic work such as growing vegetables.

Karen Barford, business development manager, 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 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 of our development plans, which include a café, training rooms, renewable energy projects as well as developing and supporting new eco business opportunities.

“We’d 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.”