Tools Shed Update 24th June 2020




Fresh off the news that our Tools Shed programme is back up and running we are excited to announce we will be holding a tools drop off weekend at Thyme Served (the Hatfield Prison farm shop in Doncaster, DN7 6EL, on the A1146 Thorne Road) in Doncaster on July 4th and 5th between 10am and 4pm. Garden tools only please – we can’t take workshop or power tools.


Thyme Served Hatfield prison Farm Shop

Thyme Served, Hatfield Prison Farm Shop.


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. If so ‘Tools Shed’, run by The Conservation Foundation, can help you out. The project takes old unwanted garden tools and turns them into beautifully refurbished new ones at a workshop in Hatfield Prison in Doncaster. The tools are then donated free of charge to community gardening projects and schools in the local area.


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 here.