Payback time with award for Midlothian project

The polytunnell where offenders work, in the community garden at Newbattle Abbey College, near Dalkeith.''Garden staff LtoR Paul Chonnachan, Dave Carson & Gill Turner.
The polytunnell where offenders work, in the community garden at Newbattle Abbey College, near Dalkeith.''Garden staff LtoR Paul Chonnachan, Dave Carson & Gill Turner.

A GARDEN project created by county offenders has been commended by the Scottish Government.

As part of their community payback, offenders worked on an Italian garden at Newbattle Abbey College, near Dalkeith.

The successful project, which is a partnership between Midlothian Council’s criminal justice team and the college, was ‘commended’ in the Scottish Government’s ‘2012 Scottish Community Payback Unpaid Work Awards’.

Not only has the local community benefited from the community garden, offenders have also developed their rural skills which increases their chance of finding future employment and reduces the risk of reoffending.

Read full story in the April 5 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.