Building Health and Well-being in prison: Learning from the Master Gardener Programme in a Midlands Prison

Geraldine Brown, Elizabeth Bos, Geraldine Brady

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuilding Health and Well-being in prison: Learning from the Master Gardener Programme in a Midlands Prison
EditorsMatthew Maycock, Rosie Meek, James Woodall
PublisherPalgrave
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-46401-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-46400-4
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2020

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Prison and Penology
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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    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.