If your garden shed is cluttered with old and broken tools, this April is the perfect opportunity to have a clear-out and help support gardening communities around Exeter. St Bridget Nurseries today, announces its 2019 TOOL AMNESTY, in partnership with The Conservation Foundation’s Tools Shed project, which repairs garden tools in prison workshops, giving old and broken hand tools a whole new lease of life.
You are invited to bring your unwanted garden hand tools* to St Bridget Nurseries at either Clyst St Mary or Old Rydon Lane this April, and in return you will receive a 15% discount on all new garden hand tools.
The unwanted tools will begin their journey for reuse by being delivered to Dartmoor Prison where they will be carefully refurbished before being distributed to local school and community gardeners. HMP Dartmoor is one of five English prisons in the Tools Shed project which is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.
Since the project’s 2011 launch in the South West, thousands of broken tools collected at garden centres, horticultural projects and recycling centres in the region have been refurbished at Dartmoor Prison’s Tools Shed workshop before being given away free to schools and community groups.
Tammy Falloon, Managing Director here at St Bridget Nurseries says, “In this modern throwaway world it’s really important to recycle wherever possible. Tools Shed is not only helping to reduce the amount of waste from old, unwanted or broken tools, but also providing an opportunity for prisoners to learn valuable skills. The tools we get back to donate to local groups are in amazing condition and enables the recipients to get huge enjoyment from outdoor garden projects.”
Says Kevin Marsh, Tools Shed Regional Organiser for the South West, “It’s a win, win! The Tools Shed project gives your unwanted and broken tools a new lease of life thanks to the prisoners at Dartmoor and then gives them away to local schools and community groups who can make good use of them.”
Most recently St Bridget Nurseries donated some re-conditioned tools to volunteers at Poltimore House near Exeter. The tools will be used in the poly tunnels and surrounding borders. Part of what the group provides is well being therapy to disadvantaged and vulnerable adults with social and mental health needs. The group enjoys building up a nursery which they hope will be able to grow vegetables for the group to eat, they are also busy improving the area around a recently added barn.
If your school or community group would like to receive free tools once they have been reconditioned, please register your details on The Conservation Foundation website; www.conservationfoundation.co.uk/projects/tools/ or by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Garden hand tools only please including hoes, rakes, spades, forks, trowels etc. No electric, petrol or power driven tools.
Founded in 1982, The Conservation Foundation creates and manages environmental projects, award schemes, awareness campaigns, publications and events covering wide ranging issues and aimed at different and diverse audiences. www.conservationfoundation.co.uk