Our Village Prison Wins Gold at Southport Flower Show!


Congratulations to our village prison HMP&YOI Thorn Cross for achieving gold medal and best community garden success at the Southport Garden Festival last weekend.
After weeks of preparation, Bob Leckie and his prison gardening team designed their marvellous garden on this year’s theme of gardens in China – what an outstanding effort and outcome! A terrific example of the Prison’s successful prisoner rehabilitation programmes.

Some of us in the village had heard about their success and went along to view their excellent display and congratulate them personally.

This display shows the fruits of local community commitment to rurality in our village and our Appleton Thorn Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) team are delighted that Governor Pia Sinha and her management team have joined the village NDP team to help map out Appleton Thorn’s future development including the optimum use of village green space.

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