Prisoners help garden revamp

The new summer house was officially opened by Joan and Keith McNeil of Lazy Daisy, while HMP Humber presented the day centre with a plaque acknowledging the role played by the prison. (photo submitted)
The new summer house was officially opened by Joan and Keith McNeil of Lazy Daisy, while HMP Humber presented the day centre with a plaque acknowledging the role played by the prison. (photo submitted)

A dilapidated garden has been transformed into a haven of tranquillity for adults who attend a Pocklington day centre thanks to the efforts of staff and the local community including a group of prisoners.

The project saw a group of category D prisoners from HMP Humber, Everthorpe help to transform the garden at Woldhaven Day Centre into an inviting area which now features a new summer house.

Aware that HMP Humber supports community projects, the day centre invited it to get involved in the project which was funded through Woldhaven’s welfare fund.

Over three weekends the group of prisoners, with the support of staff at Woldhaven, worked in the garden dismantling the greenhouse, clearing debris, making the paving slabs even again, clearing the old shed and building the summer house.

The new summer house will provide extra space which can be used for group work or a place for those attending the day centre to socialise.

Councillor Richard Harrap, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s portfolio holder for adult and carer services, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone who has played a part in this project for their efforts and a big thank you to all those involved.”

It has been a real community effort with support also coming from Pocklington School and local singing group ‘Lazy Daisy’ who have helped with the fundraising.