Dunbar Garden Centre joins prison tool recycling scheme

East Lothian residents are taking old garden tools to Dunbar Garden Centre so women in custody in HMP Edinburgh can refurbish them as part of The Conservation Foundation's Tools Shed project, which will distribute the repaired items to local schools and community gardeners.

Jim Shields and Craig Widdowson, the two officers who run the project at the Capital prison and Nick Donaghey, manager at Dunbar Garden Centre, launched the scheme at the Dunbar store with local Tools Shed co-ordinators Andrew and Angela Davies.
 
Donaghey said: "We are really pleased to be involved with this project, not only will this help the local community and schools but it is a great way for gardeners to dispose of their old, unwanted tools. So many of us have broken tools at the back of the garden shed that are forgotten about, so we are encouraging gardeners to bring these tools to us, a simple way of 'Spring cleaning' your garden shed."
 
James Shields, regimes manager at HMP Edinburgh, said: "The Tools Shed project has provided an ideal opportunity for HMP Edinburgh to develop positive and beneficial links with community groups in the capital, and I’m delighted that we are extending the project to include East Lothian; Scotland’s very own garden county.

"Participating in the project boosts the skills and well-being of the women involved in HMP Edinburgh, and it’s fantastic to see them contributing to communities and enabling the work of these local groups to continue."
 
Conservation Foundation director David Shreeve said: "Tools Shed has been steadily growing over the years and we now work with a number of prisons around the country.
 
"We’re delighted that it’s proving so successful in Scotland, thanks in no small part to the enthusiasm and commitment of the Governor, staff and inmates at HMP Edinburgh and the support we receive from garden centres and other horticultural organisations in and around Edinburgh. It’s great to have Dunbar Garden Centre on board now."
 
Tools Shed was piloted initially with HMP Wandsworth before being extended to other prisons. Currently tools are being repaired at Morton Hall IRC, High Down Prison in Surrey, Northumberland, Dartmoor, Cardiff, Parc and Wandsworth Prisons, as well as at HMP Edinburgh.
 
Schools and community groups which would like to receive Tools Shed tools are asked to email tools@conservationfoundation.co.uk with their contact details.

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