New life for old tools

26th September 2015
Schools and community groups from across London collected garden tools at Wandsworth prison on Saturday.
The tools have been refurbished in HMP Wandsworth as part of The Conservation Foundation's Tools Shed project, which began at Wandsworth more than 5 years ago and has given away thousands of refurbished tools since then. They are available free to schools and groups undertaking gardening or food growing projects.
The old and broken tools had been collected from the public at Chessington Garden Centre's tool amensty in February, throughout the year at Lambeth's Vale Street recycling depot and by donation from NAP Brands.
David Shreeve, The Conservation Foundation’s Director, said: “Tools Shed is a simple idea which has received a great response from the public. As well as being a new approach to recycling, it gives practical skills to detainees and provides some very special tools for school and community gardens. We’re delighted that Wandsworth prison continues to refurbish these valuable tools for the capital's schools and groups.”
Tons of tools have been donated at garden centres and recycling points across the country since the Tools Shed project began five years ago, cutting down on landfill waste. Through refurbishing the tools the project also allows detainees to learn valuable skills for later life and provides an opportunity for them to help the local community.
You can register to receive tools by emailing us.
To donate to the project, text TOOL11 £5 to 70070 or visit

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