Burnley garden to grow flowers for Bach Flower Remedies

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AN environmental project is hoping to create the world’s first garden that grows all the plants used to make the Bach Flower Remedies.

The remedies, discovered by Dr Edward Bach in the 1930s, are used to treat anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, anger and other issues affecting the mind and emotions. They are highly regarded as alternative therapies.

The garden will be at the Offshoots permaculture project in Burnley, where expert Jackie Stewart will run workshops on how to grow and make remedies for anyone interested. Finance from the Big Lottery Awards will pay for the work.

“Some of the Bach Flower Remedy plants are already on the site at Offshoots and surrounding Towneley Park,” she said. “When we grow the remainder we believe this will make it a world first – there is a garden in Switzerland that grows 36 of the 37 plants, but we intend to grow them all. Two of the plants that will be grown are rare and declining, but we hope we can save these plants from disappearing altogether.”

The first training course begins on February 4th. There will also be regular green walks to learn about the therapeutic value of trees in the park.

For details, go to www.offshoots.org.uk or ring 450270. The 12-week course costs £80, with greatly reduced concessions for anyone without a job.