A Community Interest Company
Tel: 01438 820154 Mob: 07881 226755
Probably the smallest and most unique nursery in Hertfordshire
Nursery & Reg. Office, 1 Drivers End, Codicote,SG4 8TR
Project Leader: Isobel Barnes
Making Life Beautiful Community Interest Company was established in Nov 2016 initially with 3 directors.
We sought to establish a venue where vulnerable individuals by virtue of isolation, bereavement or physical or mental health issues were joined by members of the community at large.Together, we join each other, giving friendship and establishing support networks whilst practising or increasing our horticultural skills and knowledge.
Volunteers help grow and sell the plants and shrubs which we sell at local markets and events. All cash generated is ploughed back into the Project and surplus monies are used to give part time short term contracts to individuals who for various reasons are struggling to find/keep employment. This enables them to gain experience and confidence and are able to produce an excellent reference when they leave us. Some volunteers have moved to trading as self employed people establishing projects of their own.
We have been able to offer a total of 4 work experience placements referred by local job centres. 2 local charitable organisations plus the NHDC and 2 large wholesale commercial nurseries made generous donations of a vehicle, growing stock and cash. With this generosity, we have now generated a good working capital together with an increasing stock of plants and horticultural equipment.
MLB CIC (in full) is registered at Companies House
Our Company Secretary is Messrs Ordered Management of Bristol
Our Accountant is Messrs D and E Accounting, 2 Walsworth Road, Hitchin.
Our Directors are Mr Stuart Chambers CHAIR (Retired police sgt) Mrs D Freeman (Administrator) Mr. J Taylor (retired solicitor) Mr Mike Chaplin (very active horticulturalist) Mrs I Barnes (Ex social worker)
Directors meet approximately monthly for 2 hours discussing and deciding on budgets, policy, strategy etc.