Sharing Information about the future for the Planned Environment Therapy Archive, Library and Site - October 2018


Dear Friends, Colleagues, Supporters and Stakeholders,


We are pleased and excited to be taking over responsibility for the future of the Planned Environment Therapy Archive, the National Childcare Library, the site in Toddington and the many artefacts that it includes within communities’ collections. Mixed with our excitement is some trepidation at the scale of the challenge we face, as we know change is needed in order to secure a stable future - and we also know that change is difficult!


The Mulberry Bush is a charity, started in 1948 centred around a residential special school in rural Oxfordshire, accredited as a Therapeutic Community, from which additional services have grown to, in line with its charitable objective, reach more children, families and communities. (


We would like to share with you all, some of our thoughts and plans for the future for the archive, the library and the site. This sharing is made in good faith at a point in time where we have made a commitment for the next three years to try and find a way forward for the archive, library and site, but very aware that in order to achieve a successful outcome, there is a great deal of work to do and there are many questions to answer.


The agreement we have made with the PETT Trustee board is to take on the site, archive and library and to invest in time and resources that will aim to produce a viable future. We are very aware that despite the best efforts of the current team and teams before it in different iterations, this has not been possible to date. We will need everyone’s support to make a success of it!


In making this statement, we do not underestimate the strong attachments that individuals and groups have to the site, the archive and their collections within it and understand that this process has been very tough for many people.


The future is going to be different and if we are to be successful, we will need to find a way forward together. This communication will pull no punches.


Statement of Intent:

Our vision is to create a valuable addition to the services of The Mulberry Bush that supports its charitable objectives by providing a professionally run and managed archive and library for the education, health and social care sectors, - for adults, children and young people.

The new ‘service’ should be in keeping with the three core principles of The Mulberry Bush which are


psychodynamic thinking, collaborative working and reflective practice


It will be a welcoming place, open and accessible to all interested parties through a professionally managed team guided by appropriate policies and procedures. The costs of access should be kept to a minimum but should reflect the costs of running the service. It should therefore as a service be at least cost neutral. The archive and library should be sorted and managed in line with nationally agreed archiving practices and in such a way that makes access easy and understandable.


We will change the name of the site to be The Mulberry Bush Third Space (MB3), housing the Planned Environment Therapy Archive and the National Childcare Library.


The Mulberry Bush is proud of its therapeutic community and planned environment therapy history and believes these ways of working, established in a variety of ways in many organisations over recent history and articulated within archive collections, have a great deal to offer in the development of children’s and adult services into the future. The Mulberry Bush is committed to research and promoting research based practice and the archive and library have a valuable contribution to make to the progress of services in the sector and will provide a valuable addition to The Mulberry Bush Research Department, The Learning and Research Centre as well as the International Centre for Therapeutic Care.


The current position has been reached following lengthy conversations between the boards of PETT and The Mulberry Bush, meetings with consultants from the Wellcome Trust, gatherings with Stakeholders and negotiations with consultants, architects, planners, solicitors and many others.


We would like to thank them all for their hard work and support!


We are currently making arrangements to meet with stakeholders who have been in touch with us and look forward to talking with them. We would really like to remain in touch with all stakeholders and so would be very grateful if you could read through and complete the section below!


We will be in touch again with more detailed plans in the next few weeks!


Confidentiality and Data Protection

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Please return the above form as soon as possible to John Turberville, The Mulberry Bush Organisation Limited, Abingdon Road, Standlake, Oxon, OX29 7RW.


to be held at Barns Centre at the Planned Environment Therapy Trust premises in Toddington, Gloucestershire, GL54 5DQ


Many thanks to all those who have been in touch about our closing event in November, with ideas, RSVPs, and apologies!

One of our friends has suggested a slide show, and has even sent some pictures. If you have any favourite PETT-related photographs, send them and we'll put a loop together on the big screen. Be sure to include annotations, so we know what they are! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Building on the ideas shared with us so far, we propose a shape to the day something like this…

Coffee and tea will be available from 10.30am for those arriving on the day

The morning session will run between 11am and 1pm

What are you doing now? What part has PETT played? We're grateful that several people have already stepped forward to share where they are today and what they're doing, and how PETT has come into their story. Join them! A time for sharing and discussion.

Lunch will be served between 1pm and 2pm

We hope this allows enough time to enjoy good food and good company together as Vicky will serve us her usual wholesome fayre!

The afternoon session will run between 2pm and 3.30pm

This is still taking shape. One possibility includes: we would like to encourage everyone to speak about what PETT has meant to you.

Cake will be served at 3.30pm

4pm Formal close of the day...

....although we hope for music to play while we all take the time we need to say our farewells before heading safely home. Please feel free to bring along your instruments if you would like to be part of making the music!


Accommodation: As of this writing (Halloween) there are still rooms available if you would like to book accommodation with Jo for the 23rd or 24th of November.



Call or email Jo on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01242 621200


If you're not able to join us on the day, why not put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and share with us what PETT has meant to you. It is important to us, and we would be grateful.


applesDear Friends,

In our last communication we shared with you the news that the Mulberry Bush Organisation had agreed to take responsibility for the Archive and Study Centre, including the National Child Care Library project, and the Toddington site.

As you can imagine there is a great deal of work being undertaken to make a good ending for PETT and to support, as Craig has recently put it, “a good landing on the other side”. We are working closely with the Mulberry Bush Organisation to contribute towards their development plan wherever possible and to that end we are openly sharing all feedback we have received since announcing the closure of PETT. We know that the Mulberry Bush are working towards sharing their outline plan with you all in the near future.

From a practical point of view, we are also working closely with a solicitor experienced in the transfer of assets and responsibilities at the point when one charity ceases to operate and to ensure that all i’s are dotted and t’s crossed to the requirements of the Charity Commission.

Importantly, our minds are focussed on ensuring there will be an opportunity for as many of us as possible to gather together to mark the ending of PETT and to celebrate the achievement of so much by so many in, through and with PETT.

To this end then, we are proposing that we gather together on 24 November to celebrate our lives, work and time together over the past 52 years. We would like for this to be a celebration of everything we have created and shared together, and of what you have gone on to create in the world beyond PETT. We would wish it as well to be an opportunity for the team here to say thank you, by reflecting on their journeys in and through PETT. Of course, we will anchor the celebration in the traditional Vicky-inspired and cake-filled way!

More details will follow but we ask you, if you can, to put November 24th into your diary and to RSVP so that we know how many people to cater for.


Please RSVP in the usual ways - by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by phoning 01242 621200, or even by writing to us at PETT, Church Lane, Toddington near Cheltenham, Glos. GL54 5DQ (United Kingdom).


For the November gathering we do not want simply to produce a formal programme ourselves. Rather we are keen that the occasion be co-created. Hence, we would be very grateful for your ideas about what could happen and be shown and seen. While inevitably tinged with sadness, we would love it to be a celebration in which you feel you can share what PETT has meant to you over the years: for example, what are you doing today that in some way came out of PETT, or that owes something to your association and experience of it and us? Give us an update on your projects and work!


We shall be in touch again very soon with further updates. And we hope to see many of you on 24 November.


Warm regards


The Trustees

Today, September 29, 2018: Hosting a Council meeting of SEBDA, the Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Association. SEBDA began life in 1951 as the Association of Workers for Maladjusted Children, or AWMC. We have a rich array of AWMC/SEBDA materials, including recordings of annual David Wills Lectures, photographs, and formal archives. Among them is this 1971 letter from Red Hill School founder and AWMC Chair Otto Shaw to Robert Laslett. Robert was an immensely important and influential PETT Trustee, and founding spark for the Archive and Study Centre. His influence in SEBDA and within the field of therapeutic child care more generally is indicated by his commemoration with David Wills in the annual SEBDA Wills/Laslett Lecture.

And look at those founding names!


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Where is the biography for all these people?


“working for therapeutic environments”

25 July 2018

Trustee Communication about PETT and the Future

As you are all well aware, in light of an extremely challenging financial position, for some time now the Planned Environment Therapy Trust has been searching for a new way forward to protect the legacy of the Archive which has been created over the course of 30 years.

We hope that you will welcome the positive news, as PETT Trustees did, that the Mulberry Bush Organisation (MBO) have made a commitment to take responsibility for the Planned Environment Therapy Archive, for the National Child Care Library and for the Toddington site. Their determination is to secure a viable long term on site presence.

PETT Trustees have given careful consideration to the opportunities and benefits that will be made available to the sector through such an arrangement. We particularly considered feedback from our many supporters and current users, and importantly of the feasibility to achieve alternative options to secure a future for the Archive and Study Centre within the financial timeframe available.

The Mulberry Bush Organisation’s commitment is based on a robust 3 year Business Plan they have produced. This has identified and secured necessary investment and resources that will seek to establish sustainable futures for the Archive and National Child Care Library whilst it remains on site in Toddington, with a commitment to ensure generous access to the collections.

In order to enact this transfer to the MBO it is necessary that PETT will be wound up as a Charity and that in preparation for a new beginning the site will close for a period of several months early in 2019. We greatly appreciate the loss that some of you will feel over the departure from the sector of PETT as a Charity that has contributed so much over its more than 50 years of existence and activity. As all recognised while at our most recent Gathering the Archive can only be viable into the future if it is based on a sound, sustainable business model. PETT Trustees feel passionately about securing just such a future for this eminently important resource, and they are confident that the MBO is hugely committed precisely to this outcome as well. Moreover, the MBO are equally resolved to support the Archive and library to reach its fullest potential in providing even greater value to the nation and beyond.

From now, therefore, and through the autumn months PETT will work to prepare a safe and secure handover, aiming for our formal closure at the end of December 2018. We shall continue to need and welcome your support through these months, and we will be in touch frequently from September to keep you fully informed and to involve you wherever possible. In late Autumn we will hold and welcome you to an event to celebrate PETT’s many achievements and its contributions to the sector. We do hope that you will work and travel alongside us to ensure ongoing support to secure a future that preserves the Archive and site for many more years to come.

If you would like to make contact in regard to this news, please do so via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please be aware that many of the team are on leave during August, but we will be in touch as soon as possible if we are not able to respond immediately.

Once more, we thank you for all the interest and support you have shown over recent months and years. We have greatly appreciated it.

Trustees: Rosemary Lilley (Chair), Alan Fox, Bob Hinshelwood, Linnet McMahon, John Moorhouse, Cate Davidson (Treasurer). Executive Director: Richard Rollinson.

Long-standing Trustee, Chair and Director of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust, John Cross, died on July 10th, 2017. To mark the day, his sister Sybil and her husband Eric, with the support of John's other sister, Cynthia (a former Trustee and Chair of Trustees who could not be here), brought flowers for the site of the commemorative camelia under which John's ashes are buried, and placed roses under John's photograph and plaque in the Trust's large meeting room.

flowers and plaque


flowers inside