Tools scheme for schools

Wyevale, B&Q, the RHS and Royal Parks have supported a Conservation Foundation scheme for HM Prison Wandsworth inmates to repair donated tools to give away to schools.

More than 30 London schools collected tools from the Tools Shed giveaway at Roots and Shoots community garden in London.
Prison officer Bob Winter set up the scheme at HM Prison Wandsworth. Prisoners recondition the tools and make up packs of a spade, fork, hoe, two hand forks and two trowels. "We want to get supermarkets involved as recycling centres," he added.
Wandsworth gets plants from Ford Prison nursery and has had 16 prisoners working on the project in the last three years. All want to get into the gardening business.
Wyevale says it may pull out of the scheme after this year. A representative said: "We are still getting people bringing in old tools to centres. This was an initial three-month project for Africa but we decided we wanted to do something in the UK too. We may do this in the future but initially that will be with Africa."

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