Working with prisons and their residents to give personal and emotional wellbeing through nature
The work Greener Growth does with prisons and their residents is invaluable as it gives focus and purpose somewhere it is easy to lose sight of the natural world in. We work with ex-offenders, teaching them to grow food for themselves and their peers, as well as important life skills that can help them look forward to brighter and greener futures.

We work closely with the prison organisation, catering our services to both the facility's and the residents’ needs. Greener Growth has a ‘recover through nature’ philosophy that it uses to help residents with their personal and emotional wellbeing through tending to nature.

Greener Growth’s work with prisons is impactful while the project is running, but the effects last much longer than that - as residents learn and develop, there will always be a place for nature.

If you’re aware of a prison that has the potential to be a Greener Growth project, let us know here.
10 April 2021
Project Update: HMP Wayland

HMP Wayland is based near Thetford, in Norfolk, and is a low security category C prison. It has large PIPE (Psychologically Informed Planned Environments) and PD (personality disorder) units within the same building, which share the same large garden. We have been working with this prison for years now, with 2021 being the seventh delivery […]

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3 September 2019
"Anyone for a carrot?"

Greener Growth is delighted to report that recognition of the impact of spending time outside with our unique therapeutic packages seems to be growing as fast as our gardens this year! So far with the prison estates in the East Anglian & Kent regions and progressing with registered interest at HMP Thameside.

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7 November 2018
Article: How Permaculture Impacts Lives In Prisons

Article: How Permaculture Impacts Lives In Prisons The new winter issue of Permaculture International Magazine has Jo Metcalfe and Greener Growth in a three page feature article. Whoo-hoo! But you'll have to subscribe to read it!

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10 October 2018
HMP Highpoint Gardens

HMP Highpoint Gardens Blooming A little glimpse into our gardens at HMP Highpoint Prison at Stradishall, near Haverhill, Suffolk.  They looked so stunning when we were there last week! The chair was made by one of the guys  and Willow Geoff. Very comfortable. Great work!

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10 October 2018
Columnist: My voyage . . . from prison to columnist says Mark Humphries

Columnist: My voyage . . . from prison to columnist says Mark Humphries Bury Free Press I am delighted to be asked to write this column for Greener Growth. As regular readers will know Greener Growth are involved in some amazing projects around the local area and further afield. We will use this column to […]

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16 June 2018
Prisoners contribute to school fair

Prisoners contribute to school fair Bury Free Press Greener Growth, community group organised a garden fair at Howard Primary School with plants grown by prisoners from Highpoint Prison. The garden fair was organised to raise money to create a shaded area for the early years outdoor space at the school. Jo Metcalfe, founder of Greener […]

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31 May 2018
Greener Growth CIC – helping people create food producing gardens

Greener Growth CIC – Helping People Create Food-Producing Gardens We were recently featured on the HMRC community interest companies blog! How it all began Watching People Grow as they Grow their own gardens Having been a therapist for around 25 years I wanted to find a way of delivering the methods I had developed to […]

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