Women prisoners create fourth Tatton Park show garden

Female prisoners at HMP & YOI Styal have created a show garden at the 2015 Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show Tatton Park taking place this week.

This is the fourth consecutive year that staff and female prisoners working towards their City & Guilds Practical Horticulture Skills qualifications have created a garden at the show.

Eddie Tarry, business community engagement manager at HMP & YOI Styal, one of the country’s largest women’s prisons, said horticultural projects help the mental and physical health and wellbeing of the prisoners.

"Prisoners involved in the horticultural projects at HMP & YOI Styal complete a questionnaire to chart their progress, and early findings show that the women working on the Show Garden at Tatton are sleeping, eating and generally feeling much better both physically and mentally," Tarry said.

"Cases of self-harming among the women involved have also significantly reduced, suggesting the positive effect horticulture in a prison environment can have for the prisoners."

Entitled ‘Picking up the Pieces’, the show garden is enclosed on three sides by a bespoke jigsaw. Each piece of the jigsaw represents different aspects of the community, highlighting how working together can build positive relationships and that much can be achieved through education and support.

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