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Female offenders at HMP Styal, Cheshire, showed visitors to the RHS Tatton Flower Show their journey of rehabilitation in their aptly named ‘Metamorphosis’ garden.

The 14 x 6 metre garden, which gained a silver award at the show, plots the prisoner’s journey from sentencing though to release, using a combination of planting styles and horticultural techniques. The garden focuses on the women’s developmental journey from dark days to brighter future.

Eight offenders from Styal womens prison were chosen to participate in the RHS garden project – a joint partnership between The Manchester College and the prison. Most of the women are currently studying for a City & Guilds Horticultural qualification from the college, which supplies offender learning...

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