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.

Phase 1

It all started 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The move from the current outdated and isolated site is crucial but our plans are also ambitious, we will include a children’s area, pottery facility, upgraded workshops for woodwork, hanging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!

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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!   

The Mulberry Project - final plan!

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!

Our thanks go to everyone who has donated so far, and a special thanks to Verogen Construction who are providing so much support free of charge to make sure this project reaches completion by late Autumn!

When 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 tools, plants and seeds we will need – 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.

As this dream becomes a reality we will keep updating this page. We are also delighted to say that work will soon commence on phase 2 of the Mulberry Project – the re-vamp of the entire children’s play area! More details coming soon! Watch this space

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 (Thank you Verogen for the work you are doing!)
  • Woodwork Cabin 1 @ £10,000 (double matched funded by Greenham Trust)
  • Tool Store 1 @ £4,000 (Thank you)
  • Polly Tunnel 2 @ £2,000 each (thank you to The D Oyly Carte Trust)
  • Potting Shed 1 @ £700 (thank you Gardening for Disabled)
  • Pottery Start-up (thank you Oliver Ford)
  • Wheelbarrows and garden carts 4 @ £30 each (Thank you MAXX)
  • Railway sleepers for raised beds 54 @ £30 each (The Oliver Ford Foundation)
  • Shovels and Trowels 10 @ £10 (Thank you Opus Acc Ltd)
  • 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.

A thank you

Everyone at West Berkshire Mencap is absolutely thrilled by the success of Double Matched Day. To have raised so much, so quickly by our friends and supporters and to then have had it Double Matched by the Greenham Trust is wonderful news. The clients at our Garden project are so excited about the new facilities we are building and are really looking forward to their new Woodwork workshop. Thank you so much!

We are delighted to announce Verogen Ltd. Has become the first corporate partner of the Mulberry Project.  All of us a West Berkshire Mencap look forward to working with Gillian Martin MD and her team to make our dream a reality.

The work has started!

The Mulberry Project – full steam ahead!

Great News!!! This week sees the start of the below groundworks – the first step in making this dream a reality.  Our thanks go to Verogen construction and their colleagues who are giving time to get this project off the ground. We are very excited to see work start in a significant way and will bring you progress updates. 

We still need to raise funds to purchase some of the above-ground structures such as the woodwork cabin, pottery kiln and raised flower beds.  Help us reach our goal of a completed project by the Autumn 2021!!!

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

Phase 2

Phase two is a complete re-vamp and update of the children’s play area.

Although functional, our current play area is tired and dated. We have 117 children registered accessing our services who use the play area. It currently doesn’t afford our children the fun and adventure experienced by others; So we plan to build an area that will both fire imagination and bring new experiences.

It will include Hobbit Houses, a new sensory garden, covered walk-ways with raised flower beds and a wheelchair accessible mud kitchen.

The raised flowers beds will provide gardening opportunities in all weathers, they will be sited along the new walk-ways which will be covered to provide shelter from the rain.

An accessible mud kitchen will ensure our children can enjoy ‘cooking’ some very messy mud pies, possibly for the first time!

Two beautiful Hobbit Houses will be sited in the garden bringing the area into current times and providing areas of quiet amidst fragrant plants and wild flowers, also a place to play hide and seek.

Older children may like time alone to rest or read or just enjoy the magic of being in a Hobbit House.

They will be positioned to allow children time alone safely; but are robust enough to cope with several at once who may imagine themselves Frodo and Samwise or a visiting elf!

Some of our existing equipment will remain, receiving a fresh new look and repositioning to ensure this new play area offers a wealth of opportunity.

Once this project is complete not only with the children registered with us use the facility, but we will be able to offer open play sessions to parents to bring along siblings and enjoy play time together.

We are currently raising funds for the Hobbit Houses, covered walk-ways and raised flower beds, can you help?

We are hoping to purchase two accessible Hobbit Houses at a cost of circa £8,000 each.

Our accessible mud kitchen could be built for as little as £1,000! What a lot of messy fun!

We need a further £9,500 to create the covered walk-ways and raised flower beds – planting and growing fun all year round.

The new sensory garden, providing brightly coloured, fragrant flowers and a range of plants to touch smooth, rough and a little fury leaves, stems and petals will stimulate the senses and imagination at a cost of £1,500.

The cost of moving and re-refreshing existing equipment will be circa £10,000.

If you can help with a donation towards any of the above we would be so grateful; every donated is valued.

If you feel you could raise or donate £1000.00 your name will appear on one of the 40 steps on our website page for this project. Take a step – make a step. Help create our flowered walkways and see your name appear on the website path!

40 steps @ £1000 each – can you own yours, fundraise for your corporate step; dedicate one to someone very special, or make it your gift to our children in 2021.