A NEW community garden has opened in Penzance which aims to support people's recovery from alcohol or drug issues.

The therapeutic garden project has seen a derelict courtyard turned into an oasis of peace and tranquility with relaxed seating, a stunning seascape painting, plots to grow fruit and vegetables and a wildlife garden.

The garden at Addaction in Market Place has been made possible thanks to a donation of £5,000 from the Santander Foundation, which offers grants to UK-registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities, and the hard work of clients, staff and the local community.

The project involved clients learning new skills and working together to produce the courtyard garden, which can be used for relaxation and educational activities.

Staff, clients and the community held a barbecue in the newly completed garden to celebrate it being finished and to mark Addaction’s 50th anniversary.

The barbecue was well attended by service users and the public who enjoyed burgers and hot dogs with background music from a range of local bands. It was also a great opportunity for the public to learn more about the work of Addaction Cornwall and for Addaction workers to enjoy being out and about in the community.

Addaction provides information, advice and support for anyone affected by their own or someone else's alcohol or drug use, to find out more visit addaction.org.uk or find us on Facebook.