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

    January 2018

    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

    May 2019

    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

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    March 2020

    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

    February 2021

    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

  • Coming of age

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    January 2022

    Trainees restored and cleaned up second-hand tools to sell in our field-gate shop


    Consultation response to the Prions Strategy White Paper


    Rachel Billington visited and LandWorks featured in the Inside Time 


    Community bench created for inclusive Totnes at the mansion


    Ted and Hils walked 100k and raised £4,700 plus match funding for LandWorks

    Elli starts as our Resettlement Manager

    Anthony Mangnall mentions LandWorks in his speech at Westminster hall

    The Considered Ask award LandWorks with £34,358 funding over 2 years for new cook post and development


    Film created by Graeme and Jennie Montgomery


    Supporters Day

    Chief Probation Officer, Sonia Flynn, visits LandWorks


    Mike wins the Koestler Gold Audience Choice Award


    Ambrook fundraising event raises £20,000 for LandWorks


    Devonly Voices raise £500 at Winter Concert for LandWorks

    LandWorks awarded £90,000 over three years from The Goldsmiths’ company

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

  • 10 Year Celebration

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    January 2023

    Sam starts as an horticultural trainee at LandWorks, for a 1 year qualification

    Djamila joins as our LandWorks chef and brings the garden into the kitchen

    Monika returns to the market garden


    Wood workshop extension is completed

    LandWorks features on ITV West Country News


    High Sheriff of Devon awards LandWorks £3,000

    Jason Kew becomes a trustee

    Gabe (probation officer) received the High Sheriff Award 2023-2023 at LandWorks


    200th trainee placement starts


    275 supporters celebrate LandWorks turning 10 years

    LandWorks publishes book ‘Acceptance

    Aroop Mozumder becomes a trustee


    Dr Julie Parsons and Ellie (our Resettlement Manager) attend EuroCrim2023 in Florence


    Steve pilots offsite landscaping and maintenance work to assess potential opportunities


    Sarah Hocking becomes a trustee

    Eye-catching new shops signs are erected!

    Julie and Ellie share LandWorks’ resettlement vision with over 4,000 delegates at the American Society of Criminology (ASC) annual conference in Philadelphia.