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Prisoners take honours with water theme.

A GROUP of prisoners serving long sentences yesterday won the Best in Show prize at the Southport Flower Show.

The inmates from Kirkham Prison, near Preston, were awarded the Brockhouse trophy for their "Hydrological Garden".

Based on the show's water theme, the indoor display included a water wheel and a mesh rain cloud filled with pipes, which dripped "raindrops" on the plants below.

The six prisoners, who spent eight months designing and building the garden, were not in attendance yesterday, but the award was collected by prison staff who also helped created the garden.

Stephen Horrocks, the prison's enterprise manager, said: "We're all very pleased to have won this award. The lads especially have put a lot of hard work into this. They really deserve it.

"This is part of the prisoners' resettlement programme."

A team from Croxteth Hall and Country Park in Liverpool, which won a large gold for its indoor garden, was also in the running for the trophy.

The tropical display featured ornamental gorillas, crocodiles, gorillas and snakes, surrounded by palms and coleus.

Senior gardener Don Billington said: "The display is made up of plants grown at the botanic gardens in Liverpool.

"We're really pleased to get the medal. It was an example of really good teamwork."

Sefton council's leisure department team, which won last year's Brockhouse trophy, also won a large gold medal.

Its garden featured a canal lock, barge and water wheel and flowers commonly found around Britain's waterways.

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Russell Mason, who works at Kirkham
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 18, 2006
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