Photo: New Directions service users get ready to transport the star of their Southport Flower Show garden to the event’s Victoria Park showground in the resort.

New Directions Aims For Southport Flower Show Success With Help Of The Man From Atlantis

Day services across Sefton run by social care provider New Directions hope to make waves with the special garden they have created for this week’s Mediterannean-themed Southport Flower Show.

Teams at the services – for people with a disability, age-related condition or mental health support need – have been busy putting the finishing touches to their entry for the prestigious event.

Following the success of their first-ever show garden which won a silver medal at last year’s event, they have been working hard to come up with something even bigger and better for 2016.

The result is the ambitious Lost Gardens of Atlantis project, based on ancient Greek mythology, which depicts a new beginning for the fabled city which is shown rising from the Mediterranean.

The centrepiece of the garden is a sculpture of God of the Sea Poseidon, who is surrounded by a scented front hedge and low-level feature planting designed to reflect the ebb and flow of waves.

The aim throughout has been on using recycled materials wherever possible, including fencing made from reclaimed pallets and a mosaic water feature created from broken tiles.

Organisers say the aim of the Lost City of Atlantis is to ‘intrigue and inspire’, while at the same time highlighting the successful work that New Directions is doing in helping clients to acquire horticultural skills.

Services involved in creating the Flower Show garden include Bootle Resource Centre, Brook Enterprises in Litherland, Waterloo Park Resource Centre, Sandbrook Resource Centre and Brookdale Resource Centre in Ainsdale and The Poplars and West Park in Southport.

New Directions Chief Operating Officer, Penny Fell, commented: “The success of our Garden of the Blessed entry last year made everyone determined to come up with an even more ambitious concept for this year.

“We all hope that it attracts the attention of the judges, but whatever happens it’s been fantastic to see our services across the borough working in partnership on this very exciting project.”

*  For more information about the services offered by new Directions, or to find out about joining the team, ring 0151 934 3726 or visit


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