Our longest standing project is with Emmaus the homeless charity who enable people to move on from homelessness, providing work and a home in a supportive, family environment. This work supports the Community financially and enables residents to develop skills and rebuild their self-respect.
With Emmaus we have produced a show garden titled ‘An Uprising of Kindess’ at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2010 which won a Silver medal and is currently being rebuilt at the Emmaus community Cambridge.
Keiran Head of Fundraising at Emmaus had this to say: ‘Bill Butterworth volunteered his support to Emmaus to design a show garden for the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2010. Bill chose the story of the beginnings of Emmaus as a theme for the garden. Emmaus was begun in France in 1949 led by the iconic Abbé Pierre. Following the icy winter of 1954 Abbé Pierre called for a house to be opened in each city of France, a lamp to be lit where the homeless could find shelter, food, warmth and love. Each feature of the garden reflected Abbé Pierre’s call – the lamp at the entrance to the garden, the difficult path the homeless take from the streets, and the warmth and support that they find in an Emmaus Community represented by piles of plates symbolising the shared meals at the heart of each project as well as the business of selling donated household goods which is the source of income. Bill’s passion and enthusiasm drove the Emmaus garden forward and it was rewarded with a visit from Emmaus’ Royal Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and a Silver Award from the Flower Show judges. The much commended peaceful garden gave Emmaus a chance to reach a whole new audience with its message about support for socially excluded people.’