Our journey

  • The Early Years

    2015 - Prisoner Training & Placements


    Chris and Julie Parsons start to develop the idea of supporting prisoners within their landscaping company


    Funding is secured from a private donor, to provide sponsorship for three men (prolific offenders) to join Greenlands at the point of release from HMP. Scheme runs for 3 years


    Chris contacts Celia Atherton to discuss idea of a scheme for prolific offenders at The Dartington Hall Trust (Dartington had already publically expressed wish to be involved in work of this kind). Initial planning, preliminary meetings and discussions

  • Project Development

    2012 - Prisoner Training & Placements
  • Landworks Officially Starts!

    2013 - Prisoner Training & Placements
  • Funding, Grants & Partnerships

    2014 - Prisoner Training & Placements
  • Market garden stall opens

    2015 1 - Prisoner Training & Placements
  • An Independent Charity

    2016 1 - Prisoner Training & Placements
  • New Ceramics enterprise allows increase of trainees

    2017 1 - Prisoner Training & Placements
  • Future planning

    2017 - Prisoner Training & Placements


    Giant log picnic tables for Dartington Deer Park Wall Project


    Tony Everett walks across South America and raises £5,000


    Tree planting to commemorate former trainee Jamie Symmons. £75,000 grant over 3 years confirmed from The Aurum Trust

  • 100th LandWorks trainee

    Name Tiles 2 - Prisoner Training & Placements


    Resettlement Surgeries start with Citizens Advice and Jobcentre Plus


    Fin and Maria walk 100km from London to Brighton and raise £14,000


    LandWorks awarded £150,000 over three years from the Henry Smith Charity


    100th trainee placement starts

  • Pandemic response

    Timeline 2020 Symbol  1024x608 - Prisoner Training & Placements


    John Kiddey joins the trustee board

    Lucy appointed as market gardener

    ROTL placements suspended and community placements severely limited with the onset of the pandemic

    Increased level of contact and remote support for LandWorks graduates


    Steve appointed as charity manager


    Funding received from the National Lottery and from MoJ/Clinks to make the LandWorks site more covid-secure


    New community placements at LandWorks restart


    University of Plymouth awarded British Academy grant to research impact of the pandemic on graduates


    Sarah Wollaston joins the trustee board


    Specialist housing advice surgeries start on site at LandWorks

    New building funded by the National Lottery ready to use

  • Recovery and growth

    Timeline 2021 Community Fund - Prisoner Training & Placements


    NHS drugs and alcohol support sessions start on site at LandWorks


    LandWorks presented with a High Sheriff award from Gerald Hine-Haycock

    £15,000 awarded from the Drapers Charitable Fund


    New grants confirmed from the Aurum Trust, the Charles Hayward Foundation and the Mabel Cooper Trust


    The Sir Halley Stewart Trust awards £60,000 over three years towards a new resettlement manager post at LandWorks

    LandWorks’ written evidence cited in the Justice Select Committee report on the future of probation services


    Over 100 people attend the Supporters’ Day event at LandWorks

    The National Lottery Community Fund awards a new grant of £190,000 split over three years


    2021 evaluation report published

    University of Plymouth releases a film about LandWorks


    LandWorks wins “Outstanding Local or Regional Organisation” award at the Criminal Justice Alliance Awards 2021