Lancashire prison scoops gardening award

Coveted RHS Windlesham Trophy goes to Wymott Prison for second time

HMP Wymott EntranceA Lancashire prison has won the coveted Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Windlesham Trophy for the best prison garden in England and Wales.
HMP Wymott, a category C facility in Ulnes Walton, Leyland, has 1,126 prisoners, 50 of whom work on the institution’s extensive gardens. HMP Wymott regained the award after an eight-year gap; it previously lifted the gardening trophy in 2008.
RHS President, Sir Nicholas Bacon
, presented the trophy, a specially engraved Green Goddess fire bell, to HMP Wymott prisoners and staff during a special ceremony at the prison.
Lead RHS Judge Robert Haslam, who with fellow RHS judges Fiona Crumley and
John Wheatley assessed the five finalists - HMP Albany; HMP Parkhurst, HMP Eastwood Park and HMP Thourn Cross - praised HMP Wymott for presenting a scrupulously tidy series of gardens.
HMP Wymott Sensory GardenHe added: 'The first impressions were excellent and the standard was maintained throughout the visit. A wide range of plants were used displaying evidence of thoroughly planned designs to create a range of feature gardens, each creating a real impact.'
HMP Wymott’s Acting Governor, Nicki Smith, said: “We are delighted to have been named winners of the 2016 Windlesham Trophy competition. The award reflects a lot of hard work by our staff and prisoners. We are committed to having a well presented sit,e which creates a positive backdrop for all the work we do and horticulture is a key part of this.'
HMP Albany came second in the competition with HMP Parkhurst, HMP Eastwood Park and HMP Thourn Cross completing the line-up.

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