Tools Shed prison garden tools project wins award

The Conservation Foundation's Tools Shed project, which gives garden tools restored in prison workshops to school and community gardeners, is a winner in the latest annual PEA Awards which honour those who have demonstrated the importance of sustainability.


Joint winners of the 2014 Community Award - Tools Shed and Woodland Skills, were hailed as green heroes and celebrated for their active promotion of more sustainable community activities.

A panel of judges and sponsors chaired by Mott MacDonald’s climate change lead Dr David Viner and including Martin Wright of Forum for the Future, Hugh Jones of The Carbon Trust, Jo Wood of Jo Wood Organics and PEA Awards founder Jarvis Smith, joined hundreds of guests at the presentation event on London’s Southbank on 27 November, hosted by interior designer and television presenter Oliver Heath.

The Conservation Foundation’s Tools Shed scheme, which began in 2005, is run in association with prisons in England, Scotland and Wales. Tools collected from horticultural organisations, garden centres and local authority recycling points in areas surrounding each institution are repaired by prisoners and given free to local schools and community groups. This recycling scheme provides work and skills to prisoners and tools to school pupils and community gardeners.

Tools Shed was piloted at HMP Wandsworth and there are now active workshops in Edinburgh, Wandsworth, Dartmoor and Cardiff Prisons and at Morton Hall IRC. The Foundation is raising funds to run its existing prison programmes and to enable other prisons to join the scheme.

The Conservation Foundation was co-founded by David Shreeve and David Bellamy in 1982. For more than 30 years it has been creating ideas and initiatives to interest and involve people, businesses and organisations in the environment. Among its current projects are The Great British Elm Experiment, Ulmus maritime, an elm project for the Sussex Coast, Tools Shed, Wessex Watermarks, Gardening Against The Odds and Sharing Eden, an environmental initiative for Jews, Christians and Muslims.

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