In 2009, Bosco House was refurbished to a high standard and the garden area, which was previously fully utilised, became little more than part of the building site and fell into disrepair.
Since then, attempts to restore the area to a working garden had met with limited success due to other priorities. However, in 2014, it was decided that the time was right to turn our attention to the garden and restore it to its former glory.
The walled garden is 120 feet long by 60 feet wide, with a 30ft greenhouse, raised beds for vegetables, floral areas, fruit trees, as well as a pergola and fixed barbecue, and an area where we have set up a beehive.
This new project is aimed at people who have suffered with substance misuse problems in the past to get them involved, working alongside other volunteers, in horticulture as a therapeutic tool to enhance their recovery journey. This will change lives for the better by increasing a sense of self-worth, shortening the recovery journey and time in treatment, reduce hospital episodes and crime, and strengthen the chances of social integration and employability.
We have the backing of a number of partner agencies in this venture, including:
- Hugh Baird College
- The Brink
- Sefton Supported Housing Group
At the moment, the gardens are maintained by our wonderful volunteers: Linda Van Nooijen, Paul Heath and Glen Preston. We have, however, received some financial support from the Ace Regenerus fund (£700 to establish our bee colony) and Peel Ports (£300 for tree removal), for which we are very grateful.