Cultivating Futures

Cultivating Futures Exhibition 2018  

The Scottish Prison Service /Trellis gardening exhibition 

on the 17th July at HMP Dumfries


What a display! Congratulations to everyone who took part - from the gardeners to the cooks!

Glorious sunshine allowed the show gardens to pop with colour, while the lush backdrop of the HMP Dumfries garden with its impressive fruit, vegetables and ornamental planting was a treat for gardeners and non-gardeners alike.

Around 50 prisoners, SPS staff and local people attended the opening of this year's event held at HMP Dumfries.

Prisoners from prisons across Scotland have created pallet and planter gardening exhibits using a wide variety of skills including gardening, woodwork, metalwork, recycling, numeracy and literacy. The Cultivating Futures project enables participants to increase their confidence and self-esteem, improving their social and emotional health through creating exhibits for this event. Prisoners have been fully involved in the planning design and construction of all the exhibits, as well as associated projects such as interviews and articles for in-house magazines, radio and news. 

HMP Dumfries are working with local dementia groups and NHS to develop their gardening skills and build community links. The exhibition was also seen by prisoners' families on the 18th July, as part of a prison Family Day. 

If you'd like to read more about the event and the gardens at HMP Dumfries  click on the link to the right of this page.

Click here to read the HTA article about the event