The Glasshouse

Providing support and second chances through horticultural training and employment for female ex-offenders

The Glasshouse are a social enterprise offering second chances in the glasshouses of UK prisons. Their mission is to reduce reoffending through horticultural training and employment. Their team of ex-offenders grow and nurture beautiful, resilient houseplants.

The project is based at East Sutton Park prison for women in Kent. Here a team of ex-offenders care for, grow and propagate temperate house plants whilst training to reach a level 2 horticultural qualification. Upon release, The Glasshouse offer help with job placement and housing, as the primary causes of reoffending are lack of secure housing and employment.

The project is based around the proven physical and emotional benefits that being close to nature provides. Plants in the workspace are proven to increase productivity, concentration and creativity as well as clean toxins from the air and increase oxygen levels.

The plants are good for everyone, from the women in the glasshouses to the people living and working around the live greenery. Together they can grow a brighter future for everyone.

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