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ISG backs knife crime awareness with innovative RHS Tatton show garden

8 Jul 11 ISG has played a key role in bringing a unique crime prevention initiative to life at one of the UK's largest horticultural events.

Working in partnership with staff at HMP Everthorpe in East Yorkshire, ISG has project managed the creation of the 'Save a Life, Drop the Knife' garden, which will be displayed at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, Cheshire from 20th-24th July.

The inspiration for the garden, which raises awareness of knife crime, its consequences and rehabilitation for offenders, is Glen Jackson, a senior horticultural tutor at HMP Everthorpe. The initiative was designed as a rehabilitation exercise and an opportunity to provide essential skills training for inmates across a host of trades. The first garden was created within the prison grounds and was awarded a Prince's Trust regional award and reached the national finals in the competition. Glen was subsequently invited to display his concept garden at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.

ISG became involved in the project during a refurbishment scheme at HMP Everthorpe as part of its construction framework with the Ministry of Justice. In addition to supporting the aims of the anti-knife campaign, ISG expressed a keen interest in helping Glen take the 'Save a Life, Drop the Knife' garden to Tatton Park. Over the past six months, the contractor has taken an active project management role to ensure that the garden concept is completed and looking spectacular for its public unveiling at Tatton Park later this month. In addition to putting together a team of specialists to help build the garden, ISG was instrumental in recommending the use of off-site manufactured solutions to ensure the quality of finish and reduce the installation time at Tatton Park. The garden walls, complete with eye-catching artwork, were manufactured in East Yorkshire, transported to site and erected in half a day, whilst ISG has also recycled waste materials from its project at HMP Everthorpe and re-used these within the build.

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Formal judging for the garden takes place on Tuesday 19th July, whilst the public will get to see the horticultural masterpiece in the Show Garden Area from the 20th July.

Project Supporters

ISG, Arco, The Hull and East Riding Charitable Trust,  Sir James Reckitt Trust,  Britspace Modular Buildings Ltd,  Eastwood Construction and Engineering Services,  Imtech, G&H Ltd, Tudorharp Ltd, Game Engineering Ltd, Lyndon Scaffolding Plc, Bland and Swift Ltd, Herbert and Partners (Architectural Ltd),  Binns Fencing Ltd, Cambrian Granite, Inturf PGG Mosaic Tile Company

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