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Mires Beck volunteers call

Mires Beck Nursery, the registered charity providing opportunities for people who have a learning difficulty or disability, is appealing for volunteers.
Mires Beck Nursery, the registered charity providing opportunities for people who have a learning difficulty or disability, is appealing for volunteers.

Mires Beck Nursery, the registered charity providing opportunities for people who have a learning difficulty or disability, is appealing for volunteers.

The North Cave venue is hoping to attract people who would like to combine horticulture with supporting the nursery’s workers, also called trainees.

Mires Beck covers a 14 acre site growing perennials, herbs and wildflowers for sale to the public as well as garden centres and landscape gardeners.

Janis is retired and has been coming to Mires Beck as a volunteer one day a week for the last few months.

She said: “I love the fresh air and the company, and it’s so much fun working with the trainees. I’ve learned new skills, and I know it’s a bit of a cliche, but you really do get more out of working here than you put in!”

Marketing Officer Graham Elliott said: “Getting connected to nature is more important than ever. Doctors are actually prescribing horticulture as therapy for people who are socially isolated, suffering stress or even recovering from a stroke. It’s known as ‘Green Prescribing’ and the simple act of watching seeds or plants grow can have a positive effect.

“Working outside also has other benefits, such as improving physical health, boosting immune systems and decreasing stress.

“If you can spare any time at all, even if it’s just half a day a week, we’d love to talk to you about becoming a volunteer.

“You don’t need any horticultural knowledge. Please email lorraine@miresbeck.co.uk or call 01430 421543.”