Tools Shed

Solving the gardener's perennial dilemma - what to do with tools that are too broken to use but too good to throw away? This problem is solved in a stroke with Tools Shed, The Conservation Foundation's tools for schools recycling project, run in association with HM Prisons, has given away thousands of tools, given new skills to prisoners and saved tonnes of waste. You can donate by texting TOOL11 £5 to 70070or online.

Where can I donate garden tools?

Tools can be donated at any of the collection points below. We can only accept gardening hand tools - no power tools, workshop tools or secateurs please. To see a map of permanent drop-off sites please click here.

Permanent drop-off sites include:

London area: In Lambeth the Vale Street Recycling Centre is accepting tools, Capital Garden's Neals Nurseries in Wandsworth, Adrian Hall's Feltham garden centre in Hounslow and RHS Wisley near Woking in Surrey.

Oxfordshire: Charlton Park Garden Centre in Wantage.

Cornwall: The Eden Project has a Tools Shed collection point near the recycling centre.

Somerset: Cleeve Nursery near Bristol, Cadbury Garden & Leisure at Congresbury and Monkton Elm Garden Centre in Taunton all have Tools Shed collection points.

Devon: Otter Nurseries are now collecting at their Plymouth and Ottery Saint Mary garden centres and RHS Rosemoor at Great Torrington has joined the scheme. Near Exeter you can drop off your tools at the Clyst St Mary branch of St Bridget Nurseries and Bernaville NurseriesEndsleigh Garden & Leisure near Ivybridge is also collecting tools for Tools Shed.

Northumberland: There are collection points in the Plant Centre at The Alnwick Garden and at Halls of Heddon at Heddon on the Wall.

Scotland: New Hopetoun Gardens in West Lothian. Dunbar Garden Centre in East Lothian and all six West Lothian Recycling Centres now collect tools for Tools Shed. The centres are at Blackburn, Broxburn, Linlithgow, Livingston, Oakbank and Whitburn.

On Saturdays between 9am and 1pm you can drop tools at the Edinburgh Tool Library's Police Box in Croall Place EH7 4LT and on Wednesdays between 5pm and 8pm at the workshop at 9 Spey Lane EH7 4QB.


Example of tools we accept - garden hand tools only.

How do schools & groups receive refurbished tools?

Tools are available free to school and community gardens in the areas surrounding the prisons and collection points with which we work. They are given away on giveaway days, so please bear in mind you may have to wait several months to receive tools. Please first check you are in an area in which tools are available:



To be added to the list for the next tool giveaway near you, please email your organisation and location to or call 0207 591 3111

We do our best to ensure the tools are of the highest standard, but we cannot guarantee they are fault-free. If you do not wish to accept the inherent risks of using refurbished second-hand tools, please do not request or make use of Tools Shed tools. Although we try to prevent defects and do not supply tools we deem unsafe to use, faults could include but are not limited to loose or split handles and rusty metal work.

Tools for Change with Wyevale Garden Centres

Bring your ancient shovels, toothless forks and rusty trowels to a Wyevale garden centre 9 May – 9 June 2016 and receive 10% off new ones!

The Conservation Foundation's Tools Shed project is working with Wyevale Garden Centres to make old and broken tools as good as new as part of Tools For Change. Your reconditioned tools will then be given back to the community, creating everything from school veggie patches to public gardens. Find out more, including terms & conditions for the 10% voucher, at:

Where can I receive more help with our green space?

Water butts: Some water companies provide schools and groups with free water butts, and councils will sometimes give old wheelie bins away for free which if not cracked can be adapted as a water butt.

Compost: Many councils offer free compost days once a year and some all year round. Contact your local council's waste recycling officer to see if this service is available near you. 
Permanent free compost collection points include those from Swansea council, Cowbridge Compost in the Vale of Glamorgan, and AmeyCespa waste company in Cambridgeshire.

Sign up to environmental community networks and recycling sites like Project Dirt and Freecycle where you might find free equipment and seeds. You might also be able to get help or other contacts through networks such as Master Gardeners

Who can I donate non-garden tools to?

The charity Tools for Self Reliance provides people across Africa with skills and tools so they can work their way out of poverty. It collects a wide range of tools, although specifically not gardening tools, and has a network of tool collectors around the country who it can put you in touch with. Email or phone the charity on 023 8086 9697 for further details.


We acknowledge with gratitude the support of charitable trusts and foundations for the pilot project and ongoing funding of Tools Shed:
Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust
Chapman Charitable Trust
Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust
HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust
Jane Hodge Foundation
Limbourne Trust
PF Charitable Trust
Sir Julian Hodge Charitable Trust
The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust
The Ammco Trust
The Ashden Trust
The Coutts Charitable Trust
The Goldsmiths Company
The Guild of International Bankers
The Naturesave Trust
The Pilgrim Trust
The DS Smith CT
Edinburgh Airport Community Board
The Woodward CT
The JP Getty Jnt CT
The Charles Hayward CT
The John James Bristol CT
Woodroffe Benton CT
Marjorie and Geoffrey Jones CT
Rainford TrustThe Rank Foundation
The Royal London Society
The Stanton Ballard Charitable Trust
The Steel Charitable Trust
The Swan Mountain Trust
The Tanner Trust
The Treasure Charitable Trust
The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

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