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Growing encouragement

01 November 2013

A GROUP from St George's Crypt, in Leeds, has won a gold award in this year's Leeds in Bloom competition. This is a triumph for the Leeds Growing Rooms project to rehabilitate drug addicts and alcoholics. It is part of a 12-step programme about "accepting God or an outside force for good into your life and letting you overcome your addiction - . . .to overcome addiction we need the help of a higher power of good".

The group first entered the Leeds in Bloom competition five years ago, and reached a silver award last year. The programme is run by Julian Ward, himself a recovered addict; and, for the addicts who come to St George's, working in the crypt garden helps with their training and fitness.

"I am really happy," Mr Ward says, "that we managed to win the gold this year, but even more proud of the dedication and hard work that the guys have shown over the years. Their will to escape the clutches of addiction and lead a more fulfilling life has now been topped off with this win - the icing on the cake."

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