This chapter presents the findings from an evaluation of the Master Gardener Programme, a horticultural intervention with substance misusing men in prison, undertaken by an inter-disciplinary research team from Coventry University. The Master Gardener Programme, led by Garden Organic, ‘the UK’s leading organic charity’, was initially launched nationally as a pilot community programme in 2010. The extension of the programme from a community to a prison setting was in recognition of research evidence (national and international) that showed a range of positive outcomes associated with the role of horticulture in supporting physical, emotional, behavioural and social well-being. Here, we focus on the impact of the programme on health and well-being and reflect on gardening as an embodied practice and the garden as a space that promotes humanisation and self-worth, community and a connection to nature.
|Title of host publication||Building Health and Well-being in prison: Learning from the Master Gardener Programme in a Midlands Prison|
|Editors||Matthew Maycock, Rosie Meek, James Woodall|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Oct 2020|
|Name||Palgrave Studies in Prison and Penology|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences(all)
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
Brown, G., Bos, E., & Brady, G. (2020). Building Health and Well-being in prison: Learning from the Master Gardener Programme in a Midlands Prison. In M. Maycock, R. Meek, & J. Woodall (Eds.), Building Health and Well-being in prison: Learning from the Master Gardener Programme in a Midlands Prison (Palgrave Studies in Prison and Penology ). Palgrave.