Our journey

  • The Early Years

    2015 - Prisoner Training & Placements

    2005

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

    2007

    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

    2011

    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

    Giant log picnic tables for Dartington Deer Park Wall Project

    February

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

    March

    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

    Resettlement Surgeries start with Citizens Advice and Jobcentre Plus

    May

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

    June

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

    June

    100th trainee placement starts

  • Pandemic response

    Timeline 2020 Symbol  1024x608 - Prisoner Training & Placements

    March

    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

    April

    Steve appointed as charity manager

    May

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

    June

    New community placements at LandWorks restart

    July

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

    October

    Sarah Wollaston joins the trustee board

    November

    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

    NHS drugs and alcohol support sessions start on site at LandWorks

    March

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

    £15,000 awarded from the Drapers Charitable Fund

    April

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

    May

    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

    August

    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

    September

    Jamie starts in the new resettlement manager role

    October

    2021 evaluation report published

    University of Plymouth releases a film about LandWorks