Prison plants seed of growing partnership

Amble Town Councillors Helen Lewis and Kate Morrison and Mayor Craig Weir with HMP Northumberland Gardens Instructor Phil Alexander and the new planter.Ref:JCNG 240613prison2
Amble Town Councillors Helen Lewis and Kate Morrison and Mayor Craig Weir with HMP Northumberland Gardens Instructor Phil Alexander and the new planter.Ref:JCNG 240613prison2
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Prison inmates have teamed up with Amble Town Council to make a new floral planter for the town centre.

The planter has been constructed in HMP Northumberland’s wood and metal construction workshops to resemble a coal truck similar to those used on Amble’s famous coal staithes.

This theme was chosen by the council to represent the town’s rich coal-exporting heritage. The ‘coal truck’ was planted up with a colourful array of flowers cultivated in the Acklington prison’s onsite gardens.

Amble-based business Northern Structures has offered to unload and position the planter.

A presentation with Mayor Craig Weir and Philip Alexander, the gardens manager who was representing the Governor, was arranged to mark the start of a new partnership between the council and the prison.

An agreement has been made for the construction of seats and litter bins, which are hoped to be made and put in place by the end of summer.

The Prison Service also indicated that it would like to build an extra two, or even three planters in the future.

Coun Weir thanked the prison staff and inmates for their help and said that he was looking forward to working with them in future.