Mires Beck has been a registered charity since 1994. It's aim is that of providing work experience and horticulture skills to adults with learning difficulties and disabilities by exposure to the benefits of the natural and physical environment on which the nursery sits. Over the last 25 years we have grown to supporting 100 adults weekly through our adult day care service and we are still growing.
We have a team of 75 staff and volunteers committed to the success of the charity, who work tirelessly to provide the nurturing and care our service users deserve to enable them to reach their full potential. The combined efforts of everyone at the nursery results in an extraordinary level of high quality plants and trees which are grown to sell to the public and to the horticultural trade.
Green Therapy is an increasingly recommended route for many people in our society and we are proud to be able to offer an exemplary standard in this area. Our reach to the community is broad and many people benefit from time spent visiting the nursery. We continue to share the benefits of Mires Beck in the hope to be recognised as a location for our local community for social prescribing.
We sell all of our plants and trees to fund the operation and help to sustain growth.
"Working within a green environment has improved my mental health so much since I started working here. Before I came here, I worked in an office environment and I used to dread the moment the phones would start ringing. I once hated waking up on a morning and now i cant wait to start my day all over again here at Mires Beck Nursery. I love that i now spend my days listening to the wildlife as well as the wind blowing through the trees."- Liz
A Successful Social Enterprise
The nursery is a 14 acre horticultural nursery and conservation site and is well provided for with 4 large greenhouses, 3 poly-tunnels, several shade halls for plants and summer working and a substantial charity operations office. This building has a fully equipped kitchen providing meals for service user catering and charity events and 2 further craft rooms. We have redecorated this building in 2019 and have planned many courses and events to be held at the Oasis annually from 2020 onward.
We have an independent building which plays host to service users in need of one to one care which has its own catering and recreation space. This facility is focus for our future expansion of our provision for adults needing the personal care and space, to enable us to enhance their experience at Mires Beck.
Our Service Users engage in many varied types of craft work and these products are sold at fairs we hold on-site, or attend locally, as well as sold in our retail shop.
We have a huge resource of natural material available on-site and have a specialism making bug hotels which are available for order at the shop. All monies raised are used by the charity to pursue its aims and provide for the service user needs.
Mires Beck nursery aims to continue the work of the founders, to specialise in the growing of wildflowers and phragmites, both essential in larger conservation projects and more recently have expanded the tree nursery to supply demand for trees to combat climate change. We are also a well respected producer of herbaceous perennials and herbs and supply many garden centres within Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and this year will market to supply more garden centres and farm shops. Developing enterprise includes the expansion of craft and the use of the hub for regular courses held at weekends.
Richard and Irene Tinklin Buy 10 acres of land to create Mires Beck Nursery. After visiting the United States on a Churchill scholarship, the founders were able to learn about projects providing horticultural teaching to adults with learning disabilities. The nursery facility started with one barn as its only premises from which to operate the project. and one greenhouse as its starting point for production of wildflowers.
The business was registered as a charity. 9 years later with the provision of 2 glasshouses and new portocabins to house the service users coming to the nursery, the trustees officially registered Mires Beck as a charity. Fundraising commenced for further greenhouses and poly-tunnels delivered over the coming years. In 2006 the Anniversary Garden was built which plays host to service users in need of one to one care.
The charity was donated 4 acres of land by Humberside Aggregates. After 2 quarry works adjacent to the nursery were completed, Mires Beck was donated the land to turn into conservation projects for planting and creation of habitat for wildlife. Today we are working to expand the original plans to create further recreation and learning for our service users, staff and visitors.
The Oasis Opened. After generous fundraising by many charitable bodies, the nursery built a new central hub with facilities for the developing client base, which has since seen numbers double. We are about to commence fundraising for the further much needed expansion of the Anniversary Garden to deliver the build of new a facility for up to 40 service users with both learning and physical difficulties.
Mires Beck was awarded the Queens Volunteers Award. The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is an annual award given to groups in the voluntary sector of the United Kingdom. The award is equivalent to the MBE and is the highest award that can be made to a voluntary group. The award is managed by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
Agricultural and Horticultural Show Awards. At the Harrogate Show between 2012 - 2016, 2 gold medals were achieved and 3 Silver & Silver Gilt medals were won for perennials and wildflower displays. At the Driffield Show between 2017 - 2019 3 gold medals were achieved for herbaceous perennials and wildflowers.