Schools receive free tools repaired by prisoners

Sets of garden tools that have been repaired by inmates at Wandsworth prison were given free to London schools and community groups thanks to The Conservation Foundation's Tools Shed project.

Paul Robertson, James Coleman and Richard Couldrey
Paul Robertson, James Coleman and Richard Couldrey

The tools were collected from various locations in the south east, including RHS Wisley, Chessington Garden Centre, Neal’s Nurseries, Charlton Park Garden Centre and Lambeth Recycling – and included a large donation of customer returns of good quality spades and forks.

Tools Shed was piloted at Wandsworth Prison and there are now also workshops at Dartmoor and Edinburgh Prisons. Thousands of broken and unwanted tools have been given a new lease of life in a Tools Shed prison workshop and new homes in hundreds of school and community gardens.

"We’re very proud of this recycling project with a difference," said Conservation Foundation director David Shreeve. "Tools Shed boosts prisoners’ skills and gives them a practical way to contribute to the community. Their tools, which are repaired with great care and attention, are hugely welcomed by local schools and groups, many of which don’t have the budget otherwise. Garden centres and horticultural organisations appreciate being able to offer their customers such an innovative way to recycle their tools and of course many stock up on new ones at the same time."

Richard Couldrey, pictured (right), came for Rooting in Tooting, one of more than 15 local groups to receive tools. He is seen with Paul Robertson, (left), who runs the Tools Shed project at HMP Wandworth and The Conservation Foundation’s James Coleman.

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