Chessington Garden Centre donates old tools to Conservation Foundation

Hundreds of tools donated by Chessington Garden Centre customers have been delivered to HMP Wandsworth for The Conservation Foundation's Tools Shed project.

Four pallets of tools collected during Chessington's Great Garden Tool Trade-in are being restored in the Tools Shed workshop and the 'new' tools will be given free to local school and community gardeners.

Chessington Garden Centre managing director Jolyon Martin said: "The Conservation Foundation's 'Tools Shed' scheme is a great way of recycling and restoring old tools and getting local schools involved and interested in gardening, as well as creating an enjoyable experience for our customers." He continues, "They all thoroughly supported the recycle and reuse aspect of the project and it wouldn't have been possible without their donations. We are very pleased that we could contribute to this worthy scheme."

Conservation Foundation director David Shreeve said: "What a boost for Tools Shed. We're always glad to receive tools, particularly at this time of year and are very grateful to Chessington Garden Centre for this support.

"Tools Shed is a successful, award winning, community recycling project which provides skills, occupation, interest and team-building for prisoners and a connection with the community beyond the prison and we are hoping to be able to expand the network over the coming months. Prisons need suitable work for prisoners and the flexibility of Tools Shed makes it suitable for of all ages and skills."

There are Tools Shed workshops at Wandsworth and Dartmoor Prisons in England and at HMP Edinburgh in Scotland. The Conservation Foundation is planning to expand the network this year to begin work with prisons in other regions.

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