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Under-threat prison wins town’s best garden
10:49am Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
THE garden of a prison facing closure has won a leading award in a competition.
Northallerton Prison garden, which is open to the public and located 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, 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 land.
He said: “There have been concerns from people about what is going to happen to the garden following the announcement earlier this month that the prison will 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 win best pub display. Barkers’ Market Row display beat Victoria’s Grill and Bettys to win the shop award. Mount Vale Care Home won the municipal buildings/care homes award, ahead of the prison garden and town hall.
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