Mires Beck Teams
The charity employs 44 full and part time members of staff, including business apprentices and is an important employer in rural East Yorkshire. Our people are caring, enthusiastic individuals dedicated to the welfare of our service users and the quality of work produced. They are highly regarded by the families of the community and they are trained to deliver the best outcomes for the charity’s aims.
They deliver the CARE approach adopted at the nursery which embraces all of our community individuality. Training is ongoing throughout the year and every August we close for one week to repeat compliance training needed as an adult day care provider. We offer accredited horticultural training as well as teaching crafts and cookery. These classes are open to any service user. Please contact us for more information.
The team works hard to produce many thousands of Yorkshire provenance wildflowers every year. These plants help enhance the rich wildlife potential of our glorious county. We now have a comprehensive seed stock and collect most varieties on site from the abundance planted at the nursery. We also grow tens of thousands of Phragmites (common reeds) for sale to wetlands all over the UK. We have a specialist knowledge in this horticulture and have many large projects we supply annually.
Our team is responsible for all the production and care of herbaceous perennials. We buy many in as plugs, but also produce our own through seed sowing, cuttings and division. The plants provide the charity with the ability to wholesale and retail at the nursery and also to attend external plant fairs.
We enter plant shows and have a history of awards for both the quality and displays of plants the perennial team have produced. We’re usually found in or around the glasshouse, potting up, weeding or cutting back.
The work is very varied in the Estate Team. We maintain the 14 acre rural horticultural site and carry out the countryside management our nursery, meadows and woodland requires. From splitting giant logs and clearing pathways in the woods, to felling trees for conservation or to fuel our log burners. We support the conservation aims and help with developing the projects around the site. Access to the site is maintained by the team who regularly help with filling potholes on the rural approach road.
The team grow thousands of trees every year, all from British seed. These trees create new woodlands and hedges to help support conservation projects across the county. We are also working with business to provide companies with trees to help to offset their carbon footprint.
Here is a place of creativity, horticulture and art therapy, for our service users who need more personal care due to more profound physical challenges. We’re a team of 7 service users and 3 members of staff. Our aim is to keep everyone engaged and happy while developing new skills along the way. We enjoy potting up plants, lots of singing, craft session, nature walks and games.
The Kitchen Team has been up and running since the Oasis was opened in 2010, when we were then providing about 15 meals a day. We are now cooking at least double that number for our trainees and staff, with a team that comprises of Janet and 3 service users.
Everyone is involved in all aspects of the kitchen operation, from choosing menus and food preparation, to setting tables and washing the pots and pans. They also bake cakes for special occasions including trainees birthdays, events held on site and for visitors to the nursery who attend our gardening club talks. They also bake for our weekend pop up café.
The service users build up a portfolio of their skills in propagation, potting up, plant care, plant identification and health and safety. We hold an awards ceremony at the end of each year to celebrate everyone’s achievements.
The garden team take care of all the wonderful flower beds on our site. The flower beds inspire our customers and demonstrate different gardening styles which Alice our Head Gardener is developing around the nursery. We weed, water, prune, cut back and plant out lots of different herbaceous plants and shrubs. We sow seed, take cuttings, pot-up bulbs and plants, and even grow vegetables. Our vegetable provide food for the kitchen team who prepare lunch daily.
We teach our service users about growing good quality herbs, from seed sowing and potting on, to displaying and selling to our customers. We are now growing over 50 varieties and have a new herb recipe book featuring the herbs at Mires Beck due this year. We encourage and develop their skills in a friendly and fun way. We also make a variety of herb planters and bug hotels, which are very popular.
Plant Prep Team
Plant Prep Team leader Lizzie says “We’re a small team with 4 to 5 service users, and from March to September we are busy preparing orders for Garden Centres and farm shops. The service users are able to collect customer orders and prepare them for dispatch and are very proud to see our plant when we visit our customers to tend their displays.