New £120,000 organic nursery gets the go-ahead

Vanessa Wright, centre, who is to open the Little Green Rascals nursery in York, with Victoria Steen and Izzy, Chia Suan Chong and Isabelle, Elizabethe Ramsden and Jacob and Alyson Lister and Alfred. Picture: Nigel Holland

Vanessa Wright, centre, who is to open the Little Green Rascals nursery in York, with Victoria Steen and Izzy, Chia Suan Chong and Isabelle, Elizabethe Ramsden and Jacob and Alyson Lister and Alfred. Picture: Nigel Holland

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A NEW organic nursery is to be opened in York after councillors overruled opposition from planning officials to give the scheme the green light.

City of York Council planners said proposals by Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery Ltd to set up its second base in the city, on the site of the former Yorkshire Tourist Board offices on Tadcaster Road, should be turned down because of concerns over road safety.

But the authority's area planning sub-committee approved the £120,000 plans after members said they did not believe it posed a traffic danger and because it would help meet local childcare demand. The nursery will provide care for 110 children aged up to 11 and create 20 full-time and 25 part-time jobs.

Vanessa Warn, who set up her first Little Green Rascals nursery at the York Maze at Elvington - which now caters for 240 families - four years ago, said: "It's fantastic to get the go-ahead and start putting our plans into action.

"We've learned so much over the past four years and had some wonderful feedback. We've had a very positive response from the local community for our second nursery, including from local councillors and parents who desperately need more nursery provision in the area."

The scheme will see the Tadcaster Road building being fully refurbished and an organic kitchen garden, including a play area, being created, while nearby woodland will be used for a "forest school". Mrs Warn said she had already had interest from more than 80 parents, and the nursery is due to open in early May.

When it opened at York Maze, Little Green Rascals was the first organic day nursery in the north and has been awarded the Soil Association's Gold Catering Mark for the last four years, while Mrs Warn was named the winner of The Press' Local Business Accelerators competition in 2012 for her plans to expand her business. She said: "We are dedicated to providing exceptional childcare with an organic and environmentally-friendly ethos."

The area which the Tadcaster Road nursery will serve has been identified by the council's family information service as a "pressure point" for childcare demand.

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9:26am Mon 17 Mar 14

piemagico says...

Excellent news but wait a sec... "organic nursery"? The headline suggests plants are being grown but the story suggests children?
Excellent news but wait a sec... "organic nursery"? The headline suggests plants are being grown but the story suggests children? piemagico
  • Score: 14

10:09am Mon 17 Mar 14

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

piemagico wrote:
Excellent news but wait a sec... "organic nursery"? The headline suggests plants are being grown but the story suggests children?
You aren't the only one to be confused by Press headlines. I was sure this would be plant oriented and now have a mental image of " kids planted and growing in a garden setting"!
[quote][p][bold]piemagico[/bold] wrote: Excellent news but wait a sec... "organic nursery"? The headline suggests plants are being grown but the story suggests children?[/p][/quote]You aren't the only one to be confused by Press headlines. I was sure this would be plant oriented and now have a mental image of " kids planted and growing in a garden setting"! Older Sometimes Wiser
  • Score: 13

10:26am Mon 17 Mar 14

pedalling paul says...

Foxed me for a moment as well. I thought of something on the lines of Brunswick Organic Nursery at Bishopthorpe.......n
ext to the cycle path (had to get that one in!)
Foxed me for a moment as well. I thought of something on the lines of Brunswick Organic Nursery at Bishopthorpe.......n ext to the cycle path (had to get that one in!) pedalling paul
  • Score: 17

10:29am Mon 17 Mar 14

roskoboskovic says...

our beloved dictatorship probably thought that it was vegetable based and that s why it was passed.d agorne and his green buddies caught sight of the word organic and pressed the fast forward button.
our beloved dictatorship probably thought that it was vegetable based and that s why it was passed.d agorne and his green buddies caught sight of the word organic and pressed the fast forward button. roskoboskovic
  • Score: 2

10:30am Mon 17 Mar 14

sheps lad says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Foxed me for a moment as well. I thought of something on the lines of Brunswick Organic Nursery at Bishopthorpe.......n

ext to the cycle path (had to get that one in!)
No need to apologize, we know you can't help yourself!
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Foxed me for a moment as well. I thought of something on the lines of Brunswick Organic Nursery at Bishopthorpe.......n ext to the cycle path (had to get that one in!)[/p][/quote]No need to apologize, we know you can't help yourself! sheps lad
  • Score: -17

10:55am Mon 17 Mar 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

roskoboskovic wrote:
our beloved dictatorship probably thought that it was vegetable based and that s why it was passed.d agorne and his green buddies caught sight of the word organic and pressed the fast forward button.
Plank.
[quote][p][bold]roskoboskovic[/bold] wrote: our beloved dictatorship probably thought that it was vegetable based and that s why it was passed.d agorne and his green buddies caught sight of the word organic and pressed the fast forward button.[/p][/quote]Plank. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: -7

11:15am Mon 17 Mar 14

Omega Point says...

roskoboskovic wrote:
our beloved dictatorship probably thought that it was vegetable based and that s why it was passed.d agorne and his green buddies caught sight of the word organic and pressed the fast forward button.
Do you have a pathological hatred of capital letters?
[quote][p][bold]roskoboskovic[/bold] wrote: our beloved dictatorship probably thought that it was vegetable based and that s why it was passed.d agorne and his green buddies caught sight of the word organic and pressed the fast forward button.[/p][/quote]Do you have a pathological hatred of capital letters? Omega Point
  • Score: 4

11:25am Mon 17 Mar 14

greenmonkey says...

Good to see the building brought back into use, serving local families close to where they live. Perhaps pedalling paul can make sure they have plenty of cycle parking to help encourage those living nearby to use bikes?
Good to see the building brought back into use, serving local families close to where they live. Perhaps pedalling paul can make sure they have plenty of cycle parking to help encourage those living nearby to use bikes? greenmonkey
  • Score: -6

12:00pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Pedro says...

Good luck with the business. Clearly needed in the area and it has plenty of green space for the kids to run around in.
Good luck with the business. Clearly needed in the area and it has plenty of green space for the kids to run around in. Pedro
  • Score: 4

12:47pm Mon 17 Mar 14

piemagico says...

Pedro wrote:
Good luck with the business. Clearly needed in the area and it has plenty of green space for the kids to run around in.
Absolutely. Headline pedantry to one side, this is excellent news for York parents. Good luck to Vanessa and all the organically-grown babies that pass through the nursery's doors.
[quote][p][bold]Pedro[/bold] wrote: Good luck with the business. Clearly needed in the area and it has plenty of green space for the kids to run around in.[/p][/quote]Absolutely. Headline pedantry to one side, this is excellent news for York parents. Good luck to Vanessa and all the organically-grown babies that pass through the nursery's doors. piemagico
  • Score: 4

1:00pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

A much better site, Tadcaster Road. I mean, what's the point of a nursery in York Maze? How long would it take to find it?
A much better site, Tadcaster Road. I mean, what's the point of a nursery in York Maze? How long would it take to find it? Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 10

11:48pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Pinza-C55 says...

It sounds as though these kids will end up as vegetables.
It sounds as though these kids will end up as vegetables. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 0

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