Windlesham Trophy 2011
After two weeks in the sun I have arrived back home feeling refreshed and am now back in my study, once again slaving over a hot keyboard.
Whilst I was away the Quality Garden Tools team were not idle and I have returned to find out that we are giving away prizes at this year’s Windlesham Trophy for prison gardens.
The Windlesham Trophy was founded in 1983 by Lord Windlesham, the chairman of the parole board at the time, to give prisoners not only a sense of worth, but to promote and encourage gardening excellence. The trophy is a shiny fire engine bell from and original ‘Green Goddess’ fire engine and is awarded by RHS president Elizabeth Banks, who heads the judging panel on behalf of the Royal Horticultural Society.
Last year’s trophy was won by prisoners at Foston Hall in Derbyshire, which is an all-female, closed-category prison. They took the prize from the other 30 prisons who took part in the 2010 competition and their garden included food production, annuals, trees and shrubs and wildlife-friendly features.
The two finalists for the 2011 competition are HMP & YOI Thorn Cross and HMP Parkhurst, both of whom have impressed the judges. The eventual winners will be presented with Bulldog Tools to the value of £550 by Dominic Elsom of Quality Garden Tools along with runners-up prizes worth an additional £250 in total.
Prison gardening often gives prisoners who have had little or no experience of horticulture the chance to work in a garden environment. Many of the prisons also offer qualifications which prisoners can use to find employment once released.
This year’s presentation takes place on 24thAugust 2011 and I will keep you posted on the result.
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