The Mulberry Project

Let us introduce you to THE MULBERRY PROJECT! An exciting development from West Berkshire Mencap. The project overall will see West Berkshire Mencap services revitalised and offering inspired new opportunities for adults and children. It all starts with relocating and modernising the Growing4All project on a safer, accessible site at the West Berkshire Mencap Centre, creating a vibrant and inclusive facility for all to enjoy.

The move from the current outdated and isolated site is crucial but our plans are also ambitious, we will include a children’s area, pottery facility, upgraded workshops for woodwork, hanging baskets, garden furniture, Christmas decorations and more.

Local families without a garden of their own, will be welcome to visit and enjoy gardening time with their children. Learning from our West Berkshire Mencap in-house expertise; bringing the community closer together.

Access for the public to visit and purchase our wonderful creations will now be safe and easy. Spring baskets, Summer plants and Christmas decorations will be just some of the items we will be selling at competitive prices!

This project will cost £100,000 (details further down the page) and West Berkshire Mencap are frantically fundraising; we are seeking help from local corporates, trusts and foundations but we desperately need the help from hundreds of local supporters!

Above ground are numerous items you could choose to fund from bulbs to wheelbarrows and much more listed below.  Make your donation – choose your gift – and, over time, re-visit the picture to watch the wonderful new site come to life. Groundworks and drainage, although they wont be seen, are below ground essentials, signage and decking are vital  too, all of these are covered in ‘essentials’ on the shopping list and we desperately need your help for work to begin!   

Take a look at the new location picture below – you can see above and below ground and watch the progress of the move from the very beginning! Be part of something special even in these difficult times!

Each time you visit the picture (below) you will see, poly tunnels arrive, sheds and shovels finding their place! Spot the trowel or hanging basket kit you have made possible. Take on a challenge to raise funds for the potting shed – our fundraisers will help with ideas and resources. Also create your own fundraising page or event and link it to The Mulberry Project.

Make your support fun – engage others, pick 10 things from the garden’s ‘must have’ list below and we will make sure you see your fundraising group’s name appears on this page as an extra thank you.

Buy a shovel or bulbs on behalf of someone else for Christmas – we will send you an attractive branded note to pop inside their Christmas Card….. e.g. ‘I have purchased 50 bulbs for the West Berkshire Mencap Mulberry Project in your name for Christmas 2020’. Simply donate then drop us an email with the details and name of the person – we will send you back your personalised card insert. Could this be your Christmas present shopping sorted all in one place!

Your help will bring this project to life! Click any of the buttons below to donate now. Thank you!

THANK YOU from The Mulberry Project!

Here are the things we need with how much they will cost…..

Our list below shows you how we will spend your donations.

  • General Donation towards essential works costing £70,000
  • Woodwork Cabin 1 @ £10,000
  • Tool Store 1 @ £4,000
  • Polly Tunnel 2 @ £2,000 each
  • Potting Shed 1 @ £700
  • Wheelbarrows and garden carts 4 @ £30 each
  • Railway sleepers for raised beds 54 @ £30 each
  • Shovels and Trowels 10 @ £10
  • Young plants multiple @ £6 per tray
  • Seed Trays, Seeds and bulbs multiple @ £5 a pack
  • Hanging basket kits multiple @ £4

We would also be delighted to receive any of the items on our ‘shopping list’ as a gift – any garden suppliers that would like to donate goods please give us a call on 01635 41464 or email us at info@wbmencap.org.

If you would like to be kept up to date with progress about The Mulberry Project please call us on 01635 41464 or email us at info@wbmencap.org. Or you can sign up to the mailing list below to be kept up to date with ALL the West Berkshire Mencap updates.

The work has started!

See below for up to date videos and images of the progress!