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Inspirational garden wins Silver at RHS Tatton Park flower show

A team of women and staff from HMP and YOI Styal and Novus have won a Silver medal at this year’s prestigious RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park.

The show garden titled ‘Stop, Think, Change’ was designed and built by a team of women and staff from HMP and YOI Styal. This is the sixth year a garden from the prison has been recognised with an award at the flower show.

The women took on all aspects of the creation of the garden, from growing and nurturing 10,000 annual and herbaceous plants through to the planning and building of the garden. Many of the women involved are studying with the Novus education team at the prison and they have been assessed throughout the process for their Horticulture qualification. Two of the women achieved their City & Guilds Level 1 in Horticultural Skills whilst working on the project.

Women who took part in the Thinking Skills Programme designed the layout, colours and themes of the garden. The programme aims to reduce the risk of reoffending by helping the women develop their thinking skills in order to manage their own personal risk factors. The garden is clearly defined into three separate areas of colour and structure, which follow the overarching theme of Stop, Think, Change.

Chris Burns, Education Manager for Novus at HMP and YOI Styal said: “I’m incredibly proud of everyone who has worked so hard to create this year’s garden. It has been a huge team effort and it looks fantastic.

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From the long-standing working relationships to the more recent partnerships we have forged, we are delighted to join forces in transforming the lives of children, young people and adults through the provision of high quality learning and employability skills.

Working with the Ministry of Justice, the Youth Justice Board and the National Offender Management Service as well as a wide range of visionary charities and organisations, we strive to raise our learners’ aspirations, support them back into purposeful activity, prepare them for the world of work and consequently reduce the risk of re-offending.

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