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Offenders from HMP Winchester working with the Forestry Commission in Micheldever Wood
(Photos: Ben Phelan, Forestry Commission)
The Forestry Commission’s Offenders and Nature (O&N) scheme involves prisoners and probationers working alongside a supervisor on forest maintenance activities. The scheme is designed to help sentenced individuals gain industry-relevant skills, work experience and confidence to secure employment. Their work benefits the public and woodland biodiversity. Forest Research interviewed scheme stakeholders and participants to identify the impact of the scheme, its effectiveness at reducing re-offending and its cost-effectiveness.
Commissioned and funded by the Forestry Commission.
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