The Clink Gardens at HMP Send, Surrey was the first venture into a women’s prison for The Clink Charity. The project gives female prisoners the opportunity to gain practical experience and nationally recognised City & Guilds NVQs in horticulture and the support required to secure employment upon release.
Training is delivered by certified trainers using the same Five Step Programme which has proved successful in other Clink training projects:
Recruitment – Training – Auditing – Employment – Mentoring
The Clink Gardens at HMP High Down has a greenhouse with heating system, which was bought using money donated by The Bromley Trust, six poly tunnels for growing produce. The Clink Gardens at HMP Prescoed has 90 woodland chickens and the prisoners there also harvest vegetables and herbs that we use in The Clink Restaurant at HMP Cardiff.
The prisoners working at The Clink Gardens grow, cultivate and harvest crops and rear free range organically fed chickens for eggs. Seasonal fruits, speciality and heritage vegetables and salad items are then transported to The Clink Restaurants at HMP High Down, HMP Cardiff and HMP Brixton where they are used to create fresh, seasonal dishes for The Clink Restaurant menus by our kitchen trainees.