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Candide Cuttings: Convict Garden Centre, No Deal Impacts and Young Horticulturist

Published on 12th March 2019

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Prisoner Garden Centre

A prison that allows inmates to work in a garden centre has reoffending rates far lower than the national average.

The Grange Coffee Shop and Garden Centre is located in Askham Richard, North Yorkshire. It is run by Askham Grange Prison, home to over 100 female prisoners.

At Askham Grange, inmates can learn skills and earn qualifications working in the coffee shop and garden centre. The institution hopes that by providing these opportunities, inmates will not re-offend. In other prisons in the UK, 58% of women released from prison are reconvicted within a year.

Talking to the BBC, Trevor Brown, Head of Reducing Reoffending at the prison said their reconviction rate is only between 2-8%, and upon release, 60% of women go into employment.

The coffee shop and garden centre hold a five-star rating on TripAdvisor, based on 27 reviews that regularly praise the friendliness of the staff.

To see more on this story, catch up on Inside Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire on BBC iplayer.

No Deal Plant Impact

The Department of Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has updated its guidance on how to import and export plant products in case of a no deal Brexit.

If Theresa May’s Brexit deal is voted down later on today, a vote has been promised on Wednesday on whether the UK should leave without a deal.

Plants entering the UK from the EU are currently covered by the EU plant passport scheme. These would no longer be applicable in a no-deal scenario.

Imported plants would instead become ‘regulated commodities’ and subject to UK import controls, according to DEFRA. They would be required to have a phytosanitary certificate issued in the country of export.

Click here for a full list of requirements and guidance

Young Horticulturist of the Year

The Young Horticulturist of the Year Regional final times and venues have been announced.

The competition, open to horticulturalists under the age of 30, has had heats across the UK the last couple of months.

Contestants will face direct quizzing, buzzer rounds and two identification rounds to test their plant and flower knowledge. Regional winners will receive £150 and a place in the Grand Final at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in May.

The overall winner will receive the £2500 Percy Thrower Travel Bursary to fund a horticultural trip anywhere in the world.

A full list of regional final dates and locations is available on their website.

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