Bury St Edmunds rehab charity plans therapeutic garden for Bury in Bloom

Courtyard at Focus12 in Bury St Edmunds
Courtyard at Focus12 in Bury St Edmunds

Former clients of Focus12, the Bury St Edmunds-based drugs and alcohol addiction treatment centre, are to create a therapeutic garden for this year’s Bury in Bloom competition.

The charity, which recently appointed new chief executive Lisa Grove, expects up to 2,000 visitors will want to see behind the now-famous ‘green door’ at 82 Risbygate Street when Bury in Bloom holds its public showing day on June 19.

Lisa, whose idea it was to create the garden and at the same time enable former clients to ‘give something back’ and assist those entering treatment, said: “We’re hoping a professional landscape gardening firm in the area will help us by drawing up a plan for the garden which our clients in recovery will then execute.

“The search is now on for a suitable partner who’s willing to donate their time to charity in exchange for the opportunity to have their name linked to the project, both permanently, within the garden and the Focus12 building, and in any publicity around the Bury in Bloom competition.

“We’ll also be making a before and after video, documenting the work in progress.”

Landscapers in and around Bury are being asked to develop an original and achievable proposal to redesign and plant the courtyard at the back of the Edwardian town house and supervise the project at some key stages to ensure the work is carried out satisfactorily to their standard.

Lisa added: “A pleasant environment, a link to nature, plants, greenery and bird-song is, for most clients, an essential ingredient of recovery from active addiction. The Therapeutic Courtyard will add yet another tool to our programme here at Focus12 which has always had a high success rate.”

For more details, call Lisa on 01284 701702 or 07495 824787.