Thornes Park Nursery produce could help keep us looking Lush

Adults with learning difficulties have been working on Thornes Park Nursery.'left - right, Glynn Humpheries, cllr Clive Hudson, Paul Atkinson , cllr Maureen Cummins,Mark Murphy,  Ken Taylor, Sharon Watson, Ruth Twiggins
Adults with learning difficulties have been working on Thornes Park Nursery.'left - right, Glynn Humpheries, cllr Clive Hudson, Paul Atkinson , cllr Maureen Cummins,Mark Murphy, Ken Taylor, Sharon Watson, Ruth Twiggins
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Cosmetics giant Lush could soon be using produce from Thornes Park Nursery to make its goods.

Groundwork Wakefield, which runs the project with a number of partners, including Wakefield Council and NHS Wakefield District, is looking to become one of the company’s suppliers.

The announcement comes as Wakefield Council’s cabinet prepares to approve a 99-year lease for the project, which has been breathing new life back into the formerly disused nursery since it began in 2009.

Executive director Ken Taylor said: “The lease will help enable us to secure grants and provide even more opportunities for vulnerable young people and the unemployed.

“Our plans to work with Lush are in their very early stages, but they are something we are very excited about.”

He said the project, which aims to become an educational centre of excellence, was also teaming up with Wakefield College to provide training opportunities for students.

A report prepared for cabinet on Tuesday, said the site will be leased for £1 a year.

The nursery sells plants and produce everyday from 10am until 4pm.