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Annual ‘Splash & Dash’ fun regatta

Welsh prison wins RHS gardening award

Join in the fun and learn to row at this year’s ‘Splash & Dash’ fun regatta, on 28- 29 September at Llandaff Rowing Club. Five weeks of pre-regatta coaching is provided. The event has five Categories Men, Women, Veteran

men Veteran Women

(40+), (40+)

and Mixed. With a prize for each winning crew, plus a special prize for the best dressed crew. The event is also helping to raise funds for two amazing

local charities:

“Keep Wales Tidy” and “Velindre Cancer Centre”.

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Entry fee is just £35 per person.A great way to discover a new sport whilst having fun. Pop

into the rowing club on Bridge Road,


Cardiff to register or visit

HMP & YOI Parc Bridgend, Wales

in has

been named the best kept prison garden in England and Wales by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and awarded the Windlesham Trophy for its efforts. Now in its 36th year, the annual award was devised by then Chairman of the Parole Board, Lord Windlesham,


recognition of the value of gardening within prison communities

and in

prisoners’ rehabilitation. Te modern Category B prison, which houses 1,700 men and young offenders,

fought off

competition from 19 others to take the trophy for a second time, previously winning


2017. Its vast grounds burst with plants and green space with large areas given over to food production and wildlife. Tese play an important role in training and rehabilitation and are found to have positively impacted on prisoners’ behaviour

and staff

morale. A team of 15 prisoners learn horticultural skills, gain qualifications and grow huge hauls of crops such as potatoes, cabbage and tomatoes that are

served in the prison canteen. Wildflower borders, a new pond and bird boxes support wildlife and the prison’s resident bee colony, as well as providing tranquil places to relax and reflect, while kitchen waste is composted and old pallets and plastic bottles are recycled into planters and propagation trays. RHS judge Jon Wheatley said: “Te quality of horticulture in prisons is ever improving, what the team has achieved at HMP & YOI Parc is truly outstanding with far

reaching benefits

across the whole prison community, from superb training and learning opportunities to food production and improved health and wellbeing.” Staff and prisoners at HMP & YOI Parc were presented with the Windlesham Trophy by RHS President Sir Nicholas Bacon at an awards ceremony at the prison.

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