- Food Production
Highpoint Prison is based in Stradishall, near Haverhill in Suffolk and is built on the site of an old RAF Airbase. The most striking thing about this prison, apart from the fact it is split in half and intersected by the main Bury St Edmunds to Haverhill road, is the vast amount of unused land. There are 80 acres of land inside and immediately adjacent to the prison that are unused or under-utilised. Our intention still remains to help the prison get back to being largely self-sufficient in food production. So many prisons were up until the 1980s, when land began to be sold off and the recognition of the value of land-based work for inmates began to diminish.
To date we are still waiting to finish the delivery of the first phase of our work, delayed due to staff shortages, but so far we have helped sustainable food production focus by helping plant a heritage orchard bought from The Suffolk Traditional Orchard Group.
The next phase will be delivering “Back Yard Projects” on two units where inmates will learn about and grow their own gardens. Vertical gardening techniques, raised beds & container planting, alongside compost bays & rainwater harvesting, will help them develop processes that will enable them to grow food in small spaces when they go home.
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