Offender Pathway to Employment Programme (OPEP)
OPEP is an exciting partnership between the woodland charity Moor Trees and HMP Dartmoor.
We aim to reduce re-offending by improving offender employability through the provision of a high quality volunteering, education & training programme focussing on environmental conservation. This is supported, in particular, by the Bromley Trust. J P Getty Trust and the Allen Lane Foundation.
The prison provides a range of skills training options – brush cutters, ATVs, chain saws.. – and Moor Trees helps to apply those skills to the management of the land surrounding the prison.
In 2011 a wide ranging management plan was devised by Moor Trees and funding acquired to renovate an old Victorian reservoir, restructure a woodland plantation and improve an area of wet fields for wildlife.
The first part of this plan was finished in the summer of 2013 and opened by our Director and Prison service staff in July with the unveiling of an interpretive panel
This phase was mostly funded by Biffa Award, a multi-million pound environment fund managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT), which utilises landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services.
This project is currently ‘on hold’ following changes to the status of the prison. Negotiations are on-going but with no timetable for conclusion.