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
LandWorks team forms
Quarry Field is identified and project outline developed
Karl (first prolific ex-offender at Greenlands) and Steve Bradford join team
HMP Channings Wood Governor Tony Corcoran visits. Chris and Karl do LandWorks Community Conversation
The idea of Schumacher providing lunch at LandWorks is born.
Chris meets Ted Tuppen. Ted offers project start-up funding
First application made to The Big Lottery Fund. Volunteers start to join. First meeting with Torquay TurnAround IOM Team
Chris meets Guy Watson and discusses vegetable production. Planning permission for building granted
Befriending idea born. Start to develop health and safety protocols
Tree planting volunteers’ day at Quarry Field. Decide LandWorks will start in July 2013
Meet Joyce Halliday and Julie Parsons from Plymouth University – project evaluation is born
Chris and Celia conduct first potential trainee interviews. Chris’ first blog is sent to Supporters
Quarry Field site opens and porta cabin arrives. Awarded two year grant from Sir Halley Stewart Trust to cover Project Manager salary
LandWorks starts! First cohort of trainees arrive – Barry, Ian, Joe and Rich. Friends of Dartington (now Dartington Members) donate polytunnel
Sarah Hocking joins as LandWorks Intern. Mic Chambers starts to deliver woodworking 1dpw. Trainees increased from three to four days per week on site
LandWorks officially launched by Erwin James and Sarah Wollaston MP. First Advisory Board meeting takes place
Trainees start work on LandWorks garden. First 3 Art student placements from Plymouth Uni. Tony Hawks (BBC Radio 4) becomes first LandWorks Patron
First LandWorks Christmas Dinner. Rich is the first trainee to graduate
Dr Sarah Wollaston MP comes to tea. Lee, the first trainee on tag joins LandWorks. Sarah Hodge volunteers and leads on constructing her ‘Bee Gateway’
Three years funding awarded from The G&H Roberts Trust. Two years funding awarded from Noel Buxton Trust. New trainee starts: Dean
Sarah Hocking appointed as Project Administrator (part-time). HMP Channings Wood Governor O’Malley visits. LandWorks Supporters group launched
Partnership protocol between LandWorks and HMP Channings Wood is agreed. New trainees join: Gary and Tony
Supporter Sir Peter Barclay dies, funeral donations given to LandWorks in his memory. Mark Mitchell starts as Team Leader. New trainee joins: Marc. Awarded a grant from The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office Small Grants scheme. First graduate gets a full-time job with K J Thurlborn roadside maintenance team
First vegetable sales. LandWorks bank account opens. New trainee joins: Adam
Awarded grant from The Spielman Trust. First work on the estate takes place. Awarded three-year grant from the Aurum Trust. LandWorks building construction begins. New trainee joins: Steve. First LandWorks graduate employed at Riverford
Awarded three-year grant from The Big Lottery Fund. New trainee joins: Martin
LandWorks Ambassadors are born – first meeting. New trainee joins: Rob. Second annual LandWorks Christmas Dinner
Will Balbernie joins as Woodwork trainer
Number of supporters rises to over 600
Counselling starts at LandWorks
Riverford Organic employs another LandWorks graduate. Chris awarded a Superintendent’s Certificate from Devon & Cornwall Police. LandWorks Market Stall opens
KJ Thulborn employs another LandWorks graduate
Artist-in-residence Sarah Jane Hodge gets £14,500 award from Arts Council. New trainees join: John and Jason
Supporters’ Day with keynote speaker Juliet Lyon, Director of the Prison Reform Trust. SHI Mildred Blaxter Award to Julie Parsons for ‘Commensality Project’
Construction of the Big Lottery-funded building begins
LandWorks reaches its target of reaching 1,000 supporters. New trainees join: Nolan and Luke
New trainee joins: Frank. Julie Parsons starts cooking Wednesday lunches with trainees
LandWorks Mentoring Scheme begins. March Monika Kroll joins as Veg Grower. First Police Officer Training trainee at LandWorks – Jenny
New trainees Jack and Andrew start. First volunteers start mentoring. The new Big Lottery funded building is completed, within which Project Coordinator Sarah Hocking sets up the new office. LandWorks recipe book goes on sale. New covered market stall at Quarry Field gate with enhanced public interaction.
New trainee starts: Charley. 2nd Police Officer Training trainee at LandWorks for a 1-week placement.
New trainee starts: Dave. LandWorks employs first trainee – Graham – as woodworker.
KJ Employs LandWorks graduate Alan. Julie Parsons begins new research – PeN Project (A Window Into LandWorks). Extension built to Market Garden stall, increasing sales on the gate.
New trainees joins: Brett. Arts Coordinator Sarah Jane Hodge gets £14,500 award from Arts Council England. LandWorks trainee Matthew goes to Amber Project. Online Shop launched.
New trainee starts: Simon. 1st Christmas Quiz published. Fundraising box launched and taken to various local shops.