Tuesday October 15, 2013
Prisoners from HMP Kennet have been helping spruce-up Southport's King's Gardens as the Heritage Lottery-funded revamp continues.
Four volunteers from the prison near Maghull have been relaying stone edging around the paths and cultivating soil ready for new herbaceous plants.
Other gardeners at Kennet have been growing plants which will eventually be planted in the new-look seafront gardens.
Sefton Council's parks team has been working with communities for many years, building strong links with local people and organisations to encourage volunteering within parks.
As HMP Kennet transforms into a re-settlement prison, it aims to support offender rehabilitation through a range of activities and volunteering.
Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Children, Schools, Families and Leisure, said: "The workmanship from the volunteers is excellent and has added great value to the heritage project as a whole.
"All the gardeners have qualifications in horticulture and some have building skills and the enthusiasm and hard work they put into the tasks is superb.
"Both the council and HMP Kennet are very happy with the success of the volunteer programme and are looking at increasing these volunteering opportunities within other parks in the future."