BACO plants a special tree at HMP Aylesbury

BACO was delighted to plant a tree on 8th December with the help of men from HMP Aylesbury.  A plaque was installed dedicating it to Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative which encourages tree planting across the UK marking The late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee earlier this year and we were thrilled to be joined by His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire and BACO President, The Countess Howe.  The 3m tall Mulberry tree, kindly gifted by BACO member Annabel Briggs was installed in the garden within the prison grounds where it will be enjoyed by the men and staff for many years to come.  The men have crafted a wonderful raised bed around it from reclaimed stone from a chimney which was due to go to landfill, and the tree itself bears a tag as a token of thanks to Annabel Briggs.  The tree planting was kindly facilitated by Neil Hawes Industries Manager at HMP Aylesbury and attended by the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, BACO members and committee members as well as Neil Hawes, Hannah Young Head of Reducing Reoffending at HMP Aylesbury and 15 men from the prison who work in the gardens.