Three West Country garden centres are calling on gardeners to clear out their garden sheds and help support gardening communities in the region.

People are invited to bring their unwanted garden hand tools to the participating garden centres and nurseries  and in return they will receive a discount on all new garden hand tools.

The garden centres and nurseries taking part in the Tools Shed Tool Amnesty are:

St Bridget Nurseries, Exeter – Old Rydon Lane, EX2 7JY and Sidmouth Road, Clyst St Mary, EX5 1AE garden centres – throughout April. Hear Tammy Falloon on BBC Radio Devon (07:50)

Monkton Elm Garden Centre, Monkton ​Heathfield, Taunton, TA2 8QN – throughout April. Hear Kevin Marsh on the Matt Faulkner Show on BBC Radio Somerset (16:53)

Cleeve Nursery and Garden Centre, Cleeve, BS49 4PW – 6 to 30 April

Giveaway at St Bridget Nurseries

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.

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.

Says Kevin Marsh, Tools Shed Regional Organiser for the South West, pictured here with a full van of tools, “It’s a win, win! The Tool 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.”

If your school or community group would like to receive free tools once they have been reconditioned, please register your details on our website.