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Posted on: 5th May 2014

Open Road Goes Green

Open Road, the leading drug and alcohol addiction support charity in East Anglia with over 23 years' experience in the field, held a tree planting event at its Access to Nature site at Gravel Woods, Beaumont cum Moze, on the 1st May.

The trees were kindly donated by Waitrose Colchester who is working with The Woodland Trust on this project. Mark Partridge,   Branch Manager for Waitrose Colchester said,

‘Tree planting is a fantastic way to celebrate our 75 years as part of the John Lewis Partnership. We are delighted to be doing something positive with Open Road’s Access to Nature Project, as well as having something longstanding to commemorate this milestone. It was an activity that all of our Partners could get involved with and great fun too!’.

Many service users, volunteers, staff and partner organisations came along to support the event despite the heavy rain. Rob Mann, project worker for the programme says: ‘We are so pleased so many of you came along to help us celebrate recovery and also the continuing regeneration of this lovely local woodland’.

As part of our recovery treatment services in North Essex, our Access to Nature project manages local council woodland in Clacton, where our staff and service users maintain the woods for free.  This project provides the opportunity for our Service Users who are tackling their addictions to drug and alcohol to engage in their Recovery in an environment that is positive and therapeutic, at the same time exposing them to experiences that supports them in their Recovery.

Open Road offers a wide range of services including structured day programmes and counselling. Open Road’s approach is to support people on their journey to recovery – this means getting them well and addiction-free but also helping them get back into normal life as useful members of their community and wider society.

Notes to Editors:

Open Road is a registered charity and leading provider of drug and alcohol treatment services in the East of England. In 2015 Open Road will be celebrating 25 years of delivering high quality services to empower individuals and families to recover from the harmful impact of drugs and alcohol. Every year Open Road helps thousands of individuals and their families to combat their drug and alcohol addictions, offering a range of one to one support, group therapy and harm reduction services. Open road currently employs over 100 staff and has a team of over 200 volunteers who actively support our work.

For further information about Open Road please contact us.