A project that refurbishes old garden tools for use in the community is seeking donations of unwanted tools.
‘Tools Shed’, run by The Conservation Foundation, takes old unwanted garden tools and refurbishes them at a workshop in Hatfield Prison. The tools are then donated free of charge to community gardening projects and schools in the local area.
If you’ve been clearing out your garden shed, garage or attic during lockdown, chances are there may be some old garden tools amongst your giveaway pile.
Tools Shed will be holding a drop-off weekend for donations at Hatfield Prison on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July between 10am and 4pm. Anyone with tools to donate (hand-tools only, they can’t take workshop or power tools) can drop them at Thyme Served, the prison farm shop, on the A1146 Thorne Road.
Alison Willis, Tools Shed Project Manager said: “This is a great opportunity to get rid of all those old unwanted tools and support your local community at the same time.
“All our tools are used by local groups and schools to grow food, encourage wildlife and make the local environment more beautiful. You will also be helping to reduce the huge amounts of waste currently going into landfill.”
Chris George, HMP Hatfield Industries, Business and Community Engagement Manager said: ‘Prisoners taking part in the Tools Shed workshop learn valuable skills and welcome the opportunity to ‘give something back’ to the local community.
“Visitors to the farm shop can also pick up some fresh veg, plants and craft items to make the trip worthwhile.”
Community groups and schools who want to apply to receive refurbished tools should sign up on The Conservation Foundation website at: www.conservationfoundation.co.uk/tools