- in memory of Mr George
Scattergood (click or tap above
link to go to memorial page).
Manager: Michael Burgess
Telephone: 01205 461286
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Our mission - is to improve the quality of
life for adults with a learning disability* through providing
daily purposeful activities in horticulture where they can
thrive, grow in confidence and integrate into the local
community in a happy and safe learning environment.
‘ Your Choice ~ Your Life ‘
Our Values - at Thistles we believe that:
People are disabled by a society that fails to
accommodate their individuality
Horticulture provides a valuable opportunity for
therapy and personal development
All people can contribute economically and socially in
the right circumstances
Promoting respect between one another creates the
best environment for everyone
What we do - Thistles Market Garden is a venue for
adults with a learning disability that provides daily
purposeful activities in horticulture, in order to
encourage skills and development and to promote
social inclusion and self esteem.
Thistles is based on an acre of land, 8 miles south of
the market town of Boston, situated just on the
outskirts of the pretty village of Sutterton.
The village is served by a regular bus service from
both Boston and Spalding.
History - Thistles was first established in 2002
under the umbrella of Lincolnshire County Council
and Social Services. It has been operating as an
independent charitable co-operative social
enterprise since 2015 with the support of Mr
George Scattergood - who enabled Thistles to
remain on the site. He generously provided land for
Thistles use, at a peppercorn rent. George and his
wife Jessie took a keen interest in the development
of Thistles and continuance of the much needed
and valued service it provides. Thistles were so
pleased when George and Jessie officially opened
their new building on 23rd July 2019. George (R.I.P. )
is greatly missed at Thistles but we are still
gratefully supported by Jessie and family.
Before retirement in 2023, Liz Judge
worked at Thistles for 20 years, supported
by a small dedicated team of staff and
volunteers, including members of the Management
Sarah Nash Chairman/Company Sec.
Nikki Philips Treasurer
Thistles Reg. Company number: IP031461
Regulated by the FCA Reference: 31461R - under the
Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014.
HMRC Charities Ref. No. ZD03863
The charitable objects of Thistles Market Garden are:
To promote social inclusion for public benefit, by
preventing people with disabilities in South Lincolnshire
becoming socially excluded; meeting the needs of those
people who are socially excluded and assisting them to
integrate into society, by the provision of training and
purposeful work related experience in horticulture and
gardening, to raise their confidence and self-esteem.
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Opening Hours and Payments
Monday - Friday 9.00am - 3.30pm
The cost per person per day to attend Thistles is currently
£56 - including transport to and from the service. There is a
discount of £13 for those who do not require transport.
To access Thistles you will require a direct payment.
Support is available for those who wish to apply for this via
your social worker, Penderels Trust and ourselves.
© 2023 Thistles Market Garden Site sponsor: John Marshall
HMRC Charities Ref. No. ZD03863
We currently have vacancies for our Day Service
Monday - Friday. We would welcome enquiries
and extend an invitation to visit Thistles for a taster
In Memory of
Due to Liz’ well deserved retirement in
February, we welcome new manager
Michael Burgess who has ‘taken over the
Michael has a long history of working with
people with disabilities, including learning
disabilities, physical disabilities and acquired brain injuries;
having worked for adult care for the last 26 years. Michael
has managed various community supported living
environments and day centres, namely Manning Court, Field
street, Kirton community base and BOSSCAT - more latterly
managing Scott House in Boston.
“I am a mad Boston United fan, which is where I spend most
of my Saturdays. I have 5 Children, the oldest being 27, the
youngest being 15. My dad Jim once worked for Thistles, who
you might know and also my partner Shelly managed Thistles
before Liz took it over. I also have a brother with learning
disabilities and a son on the autistic spectrum.
Lastly, I would like to say I am looking forward to the
challenge of carrying on the excellent work Liz has done over
the years to make Thistles a success. I will be looking at
promoting our service even further in the future and
ensuring it is a place where people feel safe, secure and can