New Plant Shop opens at Homestead Park


Posted on25 May 2021

We are very excited to introduce a new partnership between the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (who own, manage and maintain Homestead Park) and the Blueberry Academy.

The shop is a partnership between the landscaping team, who look after the park, and Blueberry Community Enterprise, who support adults to develop the skills and confidence they need to find a job.

Being stocked and run by Blueberry Community Enterprise means there’s a variety of items for sale, including herbs and seedlings that have been grown in the glasshouses and other produce from local craftspeople.

"We are very excited about the opening of our plant shop. We have had trainees working in the Homestead Park and behind the scenes in their glasshouses and this partnership with JRF goes from strength to the strength. The hard work of BCE’s Mark Draper and the rest of the team has been fantastic. Our staff and trainees enjoy working with JRF and have been busy preparing for the opening. It is all very exciting."

Andrew Cambridge, Director, Blueberry Academy

"Our team at Homestead Park have developed an excellent relationship with the Blueberry Academy over the last three years and this new and exciting venture boosts our partnership even further. Visitors have always enjoyed our plant sales offer but with our colleagues at Blueberry we are hoping to take it to another level with a wider variety of plants and other craft items for sale. The team from Blueberry Community Enterprise have worked really hard to get this off the ground and we are sure it will be a great success."

Dan Booth, Parks and Landscapes Manager, Homestead Park / JRHT

For further information about the Homestead Park visit:

The opening times for the Plant Shop will be:

Mondays and Fridays 10:30 - 2:30

Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 - 3:00.

To find the latest list of plants for sale visit: /

For further information about Homestead Park visit:

  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation (custodians of the Homestead Park) – a York based independent social change organisation working to solve UK poverty. The Homestead Park is a 14-acre garden in Clifton, York – previously part of the home of the social reformer Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree, son of Joseph. It is owned, managed and maintained by JRF for visitors to enjoy.
  • Blueberry Academy – Blueberry was formed in 2007 to support adults with a learning difficulty to develop skills for enterprise and employment who have an aspiration to work and who need practical support to develop their employment skills and work experience.

For further information, please email [email protected] or call 07800 615125.