Prisoners engaged in Invercargill Prison horticulture trade training are supporting Cancer Society fundraising with the propagation of more than 4,000 daffodil bulbs.

The bulbs are grown in pots and sold through a local garden centre (Diacks Nursery) with profits going to the Cancer Society to support cancer research.

“This is a great opportunity for the men gaining horticulture trade training to use their new found skills for the benefit of the community,” says Horticulture Instructor Kara Steedman.

“Like most New Zealanders, every one of the men has been impacted by cancer in some way, with friends or family being affected by the disease. So this project has particular relevance for them.”

Ten prisoners are working in the horticulture team and involved in this project, with others from the Education Centre making gift tags for the containers.

The learnings from the project are transferable and go toward the men’s NZQA horticulture unit standards and qualifications.

Daffodils grown at the prison will be on sale at Diacks Nursery from 10 August until the end of August.

This is the first time the prison has supported the Cancer Society in this way and it is keen to make this an annual project.