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Unlocking Nature

A project to green Wandsworth prison, one of Europe's largest prisons

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Greening Wandsworth prison

The Unlocking Nature project is an initiative to "green" HMP Wandsworth, one of Europe's largest prisons. With help from lead garden designer Adolfo Harrison and partners, a new atmosphere is beginning to take shape, as the new green spaces will not only transform a view from prison cells that has changed little in the prison's 166-year history, but will also reduce symptoms of poor mental health and stress, as well as violent aggression and antisocial behaviour. As part of the project, bee hives will be added which will not only benefit the prison's new gardens but the staff and prisoners as well.