03/04/2013

Scotts Miracle-Gro Blazes a Trail

We are delighted to be working with The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company as part of their community outreach activities to deliver a gardening and horticulture therapy mentoring project within Trailblazers. This innovative pilot project will enable young prisoners to design and build a therapeutic show garden within the grounds of a sercure prison during 2013/2014.

Even in its early stages, the project has had some great success which include:

100% of the young prisoners taking part have improved their behaviour elsewhere within the prison.
One serious self-harmer has reduced incidents of self-harm by half through working on the project.
All young prisoners taking part have been downgraded from medium-risk to low-risk and all have re-engaged in education.
Vicky Page from The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company said following a recent visit ‘It was a pleasure and an honour to meet the young people, they made me feel so welcome and were so respectful and friendly it was hard to believe where they were. It was a first for me and a true eye opener, the young people seem to be just like most average 'teenagers' and it proved to me that they were not 'bad' people, just had less opportunities than most and taken the wrong turn and silly decisions. This whole project, those young people, and what the project is doing is a true credit to you and all at Trailblazers.

We are supporting by donating growing media and other garden products to help in the creation of this new garden, and will also be available to assist with any horticultural questions and offer any training as needed’.

Laura Williams the Trailblazers Project Officer said ‘I am so proud of what we have started to create; this therapeutic approach will engage some of the more vulnerable young prisoners with whom we work with and provide a create introduction to mentoring. The project is already supported by a team of specialist gardening mentors whom work alongside our one to one mentors to support the young prisoners to prepare for their release back in to the community’.