The Mulberry Project

We are absolutely delighted to be part of the Greenham Trust Double Matched Funding days on the 18th and 19th June. If you are thinking of donating to the Mulberry Project or holding an event – even a family gathering with a collection – this is an opportunity to turn every £5 into £15 with no extra effort from you!

We need to raise £5,000 over the two days which becomes £15,000 through the generous support of The Greenham Trust!

All donations, of any size, will help us get there, but must be made on the 18th or 19th of June.

We will release the donation link on the 18th – if you would like us to send you the link via email as a reminder so that you maximise your donation please leave your email address below and we will do that.

If you wish to support the Double Matched Funding with a cash donation you can do this by contacting West Berkshire Mencap in the week leading up to the 18th and 9th of June. To find out more ring Sue Thorn on 07941 560 303.

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The move from the current outdated and isolated site is crucial but our plans are also ambitious, we will include a children’s area, pottery facility, upgraded workshops for woodwork, hanging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

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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!

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 their Birthday – we will send you an attractive branded note to pop inside their Card….. e.g. ‘I have purchased 50 bulbs for the West Berkshire Mencap Mulberry Project in your name for your birthday’. 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 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 (Thank you Verogen for the work you are doing!)
  • Woodwork Cabin 1 @ £10,000
  • 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
  • Wheelbarrows and garden carts 4 @ £30 each
  • Railway sleepers for raised beds 54 @ £30 each
  • 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

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!