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Garden of prison set to close wins floral competition
3:32pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
THE garden of a prison which is set to close within months has won the top award in a gardening competition.
Northallerton Prison garden, which is open to the public and sited between Crosby Road and East Road, was created this summer by low-risk offenders as part of an initiative to help improve employment prospects for inmates.
At Northallerton In Bloom’s annual award presentation yesterday (Wednesday, September 25), officers from the prison were presented with the Mayor’s Salver for most improved area, after transforming the former site of the town’s police station and prison cells.
Northallerton councillor John Coulson said many people in the town had been delighted with the work to tidy up the parcel of land.
He said: “There have been concerns from residents about what is going to happen to the garden following the announcement earlier this month that the prison would close.
“The issue will be debated by the town council at a forthcoming meeting.”
The Mason’s Arms pipped the Golden Lion and the Black Bull to the best pub display title, while Barkers’ Market Row display overcame competition from Victoria’s Grill and Bettys to win the shop award.
Mount Vale Care Home, in Yafforth Road, landed the municipal buildings/care homes award, ahead of the prison garden and the town hall.
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