Welcome to the Haven...

Date: 05 July 2013 at 11:00AM - 5:00PM

Location: Fishponds, Bristol

The Haven drug and alcohol recovery project in Fishponds, Bristol, is throwing open its gates this Friday – come and experience this fabulous service user led project for yourself!

Haven GardenSince featuring The Haven in the previous edition of Ourvoice magazine (reproduced in the current Bristol Food Network 'local food update') we have followed the project with interest.

Established around five years ago by a group of people seeking recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, led by the indomitable Paul and Terry, this hidden acre has been transformed from a neglected, overgrown tangle of brambles into a series of restful, therapeutic outdoor spaces for growing, crafting, wildlife watching and relaxation.

Recent additions to The Haven's community include several chickens and regular visitors in the shape of Paul and Terry's horses.

Service users and staff from AWP's Bristol and South Gloucestershire specialist drug and alcohol services took on a growing plot there late last year, creating a small wildlife pond, wildflower area and raised veg beds as well as getting involved with the overall project.

This Friday 5th July the Haven gang are inviting friends, family, colleagues - and anyone else who is curious about this special place - into The Haven for an open day. Visitors will be able to explore the space between 11 and 5, during which there will be:

music, wildlife walk, plants for sale, tea & cake, meet the horses, raffle, relaxation and more...

To find The Haven:

  • From the A432 Fishponds Road turn at the Queen's Head into the B4469 Royate Hill
  • Go under the railway viaduct then take the first left into Clay Bottom
  • Take the first left into Wainbrook Drive
  • Follow Wainbrook Drive to the far end
  • Go through the metal gates under the viaduct archway and you'll see The Haven straight ahead.


Local parking is very limited but the nearest bus is the 48/49 to Eastville Park.


If you get lost, don't panic! Phone Julia on 07541 906924.

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