A cultivating time for social enterprise staff.



Tuesday, 8thMarch, 2016 - Staff from a social enterprise in Bury St Edmunds, which specialises in growing plants and helping local organisations with gardening projects, has received top marks and a big thank you from Thurston Sixth Form College.


A team of enterprise members from Nowton Park Nursery have been working at the Beyton campus of Thurston since last year - replanting hedges along the driveway and clearing out overgrown areas on the college's four-acre site in Drinkstone Road.


Vice principal and head of sixth form Paul Potter said the social enterprise team have made a big impression with their hard work.


He said: "We are absolutely delighted with what they have done. We are a rural sixth form, with a university style campus, situated in approximately seven acres. Jason Godbold and his team from Nowton have helped to make the college grounds look lovely. They are such a friendly and polite group, and it's been a pleasure to have them working here.


"We are really keen to involve members of the community to work with the college. In addition to Nowton Park Nursery, we also have a conservation group called BOOP standing for Beyton Old Orchard Project, comprising of students and members of the local community."


Nowton Park Nursery gardening team spend every Thursday at Thurston College working on the grounds.


In recent months, they have also tidied up an overgrown garden at the offices of the Citizens Advice Bureau on Risbygate Street, Bury. CAB staff said the Nowton team did a superb job - including the fact that one of the Bureau's staff is especially pleased they can now get out into the garden again to feed the birds.


Nowton Park Nursery is part of the award winning social enterprise Realise Futures which specialises in helping people who are disabled and disadvantaged. It is a specialist provider of employment support services, learning and development and a provider of careers advice services in the East of England.


Nowton Park Nursery horticulturalist Phil Ewing said: "The team love getting involved in this type of work and love to see the good results from their hard graft. We also enjoy the knock on effect helping wildlife, such as encouraging more butterflies by clearing the undergrowth and cutting back overgrown bushes.


"We grow lots of plants for sale here at Nowton, including flowers for window boxes and troughs for businesses around Bury helping to provide lots of colour for Bury in Bloom. We have been supplying the beautiful window displays at The Angel in Bury for the past 15 years," he added.


For further information, please contact:


Realise Futures 

Jane Sutton                                                                         

Marketing and Communications Manager                     

01473 238606