Aim of the project
The aim of The Rye Hill Garden Project programme was to provide an environment to support offenders who have a background of drug misuse, with the aim of assisting their recovery, wider health and well-being. However, this model could be applied to other institutions and target groups.
The Rye Hill Garden Project was delivered by Garden Organic’s Master Gardener programme team, in conjunction with Substance Misuse Services (SMS) and G4S, which operates the prison, and is funded by Public Health England (Northamptonshire).
Outcomes of the project
The project was recently evaluated by Coventry University and the report found that the data overwhelmingly identified the significance of working in the garden to participants’ recovering journey and illustrated the relationship between the environment and recovery.
Researchers found that the garden provided a supportive environment and was conducive to addressing participants’ health and wellbeing and created a sense of community between both offenders and the staff delivering the programme.
You can download a copy of the Coventry University’s report An Horticultural Intervention with Substance Misusing Prisoners here. See: (Rye Hill Prison Garden Project - Coventry University report)
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