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‘We are delighted by this donation from York Ainsty Rotary Club, it gives a huge boost to our fundraising. As funding for charities like ours gets squeezed due to cutbacks in Social Services we need to look at every way we save money or increase our income to survive. We have set up a weekend cafe at the Nursery on Appleton Road Bishopthorpe which complements our Nursery shop and we are getting very good feedback and increasing numbers of customers. Our next step is increasing the number of polytunnels we have. More land under cover means we can raise more valuable crops and plants. We have already put up one new tunnel funded by our own fundraising efforts but we are now fundraising  for a larger tunnel. This will cost us £7,000. This donation from the rotary club gives a great kick start to this fundraising appeal.’


Lisa Ellwood who is in charge of much of the vegetable growing at Brunswick added ‘this will make a great growing space, and a new polytunnel that we are not constantly repairing will be a great relief!’


Steve Greenaway who is in charge of the production of the wide range of plants in pots that are sold in the nursery shop said ‘This extra space will mean that we can rotate the crops and plant raising. We already produce award winning tomatoes but better crop rotation should make the crops even healthier’


If you would like to contribute to Brunswick fundraising appeal or know individuals, companies or trusts that might like to support this green growing local charity then please contact the Nursery email   telephone 01904 701869. post:  Brunswick Organic Nursery, Appleton Road, Bishopthorpe York YO23 2RF or contact York Ainsty Rotary Club.


If you would like to see what the project produces then pop in to Appleton road, Bishopthorpe.

The shop is open from 10.00am-5.00pm seven days per week and the cafe is open on weekends and bank holidays only from 11.00am-4.00pm.


York Ainsty has donated £1000 to help fund Polytunnels for the Nursery



Brunswick Organic Nursery, based on Appleton Road, Bishopthorpe, near York, is a charity that is setup to provide a supported productive workplace for adults with learning difficulty. Over the last twenty years it has developed from an over grown field with a dilapidated shed to a thriving project which produces organic fruit and vegetables, raises many thousands of plants in pots ( herbs, bedding plants,  cottage garden perennials shrubs and climber) , unique crafts- handmade cards, wrapping paper, floristry items and jewellery. There is shop on site that sells the produce and at weekends a cafe serving hot drinks, gorgeous cakes and light lunches.

Adam Myers, Manager at Brunswick Organic Nursery says:

Picture attached shows a delighted group at Brunswick Nursery receiving a cheque for £1000 from Club President Chris True, (front left).