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Two awards for prison garden

Posted on May 21 2013 at 12:19:19

The team with their award

A garden created by prisoners and staff at HMP Hewell picked up a RHS silver medal and was voted the People’s Choice at the Malvern Spring Show.

Operating on a very small budget, the team had only six months to design and complete the Doctor Who-themed project, which also involved prisoners’ families.

This is the second time that HMP Hewell has enjoyed success at Malvern – their 2010 garden won a silver gilt and Best in Show.

“This time we knew we wanted to involve prisoners’ families in the project, so when we heard there was a Doctor Who theme, it sounded perfect,” says Education Manager Alison Bramham.

“The prison’s Families Team discussed it with prisoners’ children on family visits, resulting in some super drawings which were incorporated into the final design.”

Prisoners studying plastering, tiling, art, literacy, numeracy and market gardening were all involved in creating aspects of the garden, which included Daleks, a weeping angel, a Cyberman mosaic and children hiding behind a turf sofa. Construction students were released on temporary licence to erect the setting at the showground.

“Without the dedication of our Education and Farms & Gardens staff we would not have had a successful entry,” adds Alison.

“We aimed to showcase some of the good work that goes on in prisons and to try to improve public perceptions, and hopefully we have achieved this goal.”

*  HMP Hewell also opened its Grange gardens under the National Garden Scheme, when visitors enjoyed guided tours of the grounds and house.

£880 was raised for the NGS and £643 for Victims Support.

Pictured: Jane Cale (Farms & Gardens Manager), Alison Bramham (Education Manager) and Amanda Smith (Farms & Gardens Horticulturist) with the silver medal.

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