Selmes Garden Trust

Who?
A Community Trust set up to provide employment opportunities for people with disabilities within the Marlborough region.

What?
A successfully operating Trust employing 8 people with disabilities and 6 without.  A retail Garden Centre specialising in growing’ on-lines’ to provide high quality, good-value plants. The Trust and the people associated with it are fulfilling a role vacated by the IHC. Work and support provided for people with disabilities through a community nursery and garden centre. ‘Passionate People – Great Service’

Why?
People caring for People: those less able than themselves; a minority to lead ‘ordinary lives’, one that is meaningful and valued. To provide education, training and employment for people with disabilities. To provide a greater choice & quantity of quality plants, supporting local industry, local business and local volunteers. A communal way of providing employment for people with disabilities while providing the public with excellent gardening and plant retail services.

When?
Selmes was established in 2008 by John Lundon, Tony Oberdries and Mick Murphy, and backed financially by G&J Tomlinson and the community-minded people of Marlborough.

Where?
A large retail site at 141 Batty’s Rd on the outskirts of Blenheim. Open 7 days a week from 8.30-5 on weekdays and 9-4 on weekends.

How?
Operated by a group of motivated people who believe in the ‘reason for being’ and are passionate about providing opportunities for people with disabilities. A community-based workplace and non-profit organisation that works towards increasing their capacity to provide more work and support for more people with disabilities. Selmes provides a huge boost for the self-esteem and worth of all who work there; to enable everyone to feel ‘valued’. Patrons visiting Selmes contribute to this very noble cause through their support in purchasing product from Selmes. Selmes  gives the staff and people with disabilities a reason to get out of bed in the morning!