The Orchard Project, a UK-based nonprofit, recently teamed up with the Ministry of Justice in an effort to install an orchard in every prison in England and Wales. The orchards will benefit the environment by absorbing carbon dioxide and by providing fresh fruit without causing transportation pollution. The inmates will be responsible for caring for the orchard, along with a few professionals who will work on site. The inmates will learn new skills which can lead to employment upon release and have the opportunity to earn money. Being around trees has mental health benefits for inmates and gives them a purpose while serving time. The plan is already in action at some facilities in the UK, which have orchards full of apples, pears, plums, cherries, and vegetables. By helping the environment and the prison system, The Orchard Project’s plan is a win-win!
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