Green Backyard and Seeding Futures – Updated

A recent commenter worries about Green Backyard and Seeding Futures, the latter having received £6,000 capital investment from Council in January. Seeding Futures are based at the hospice at Thorpe Hall, where there were previously some good things, including a small plant centre often useful. Let’s hope this is the start of a Council-funded revival.

Interesting to note that The Green Back Yard has allowed the domain to expire. Probably they will be going full steam ahead on Twitter and Facebook. In any case I don’t think they rely on public funding anyway so they do as they please. Correct me if I’m wrong.

Anyway, strangely, if you Google “Seeding Futures” the first result you get is the Green Back Yard.

I’m none the wiser.

UPDATE: You can still find the Green Back Yard info here: GreenBackyard

FURTHER UPDATE: Found the docs for Seeding Futures, and they do indeed feature Keith Bayliss, he of the Peterborough Development/Delivery Partnership fame, and which is where the troubled commenter turned up. Here is the paperwork for Seeding Futures, who received the £6000 from Council on January 17th 2011. :
seeding futures limited.

You see people’s names up on Council documents, but they mean very little. I don’t know anything about Keith Bayliss, except these two search results from the Council website:

A Council news item from June 2010: Other keynote speakers include the city council’s chief executive Gillian Beasley,
PDP’s Keith Bayliss who has more than 20 years experience working ..

The July/August 2010 edition of the Council magazine: Other keynote speakers included the city council’s chief executive Gillian Beasley,
PDP’s Keith Bayliss, who has more than 25 years experience working ..

Apart from that, and the fact that he crops up on that Companies House document, there’s absolutely nothing known.

Perhaps a visiting accountant could advise on what’s normal for a social enterprise thing. Anyway, there we are.

Postscript: It’s highly likely that there’s nothing to be seen here. Sometimes you can find yourself chasing after a stick, in which case you have to ask, who threw the stick?

I think the real interest lies in the huge amounts of money paid to Amtec, the refusal to spell out the sub-contracting arrangements, and the reported threats of legal action against Council if they named unknown individuals.

So that’s the next episode. Stay tuned.


It turns out that Keith Bayliss is a former director of Ben Ticehurst’s company V4 Services: see the following extract from Companies House:

which presumably explains how he comes to be embroiled in all this. He is an old chum of Ben Ticehurst.


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