Equipping the next generation of gardeners, teaching prisoners new skills and reducing waste
Working in association with HM Prisons and funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, Tools Shed repairs your broken or unwanted garden hand-tools and gives them free to local school children and community volunteers to help create and maintain green spaces. The tools are refurbished in prison workshops, providing training for prisoners and supporting them in finding occupation post-release.
How does Tools Shed work?
Tools are collected in partnership with garden centres, recycling centres and environmental hubs. They are transported to one of six prisons where prisoners are taught the woodwork and metalwork skills they need to repair them. They are then given away free to local school and community groups to support them with a wide range of projects.
How do schools & groups receive refurbished tools?
Tools are available free to schools and community groups in the areas surrounding the prisons and collection points with which we work. They are given away on giveaway days held in the regions we work, so please keep in mind you may have to wait several months to receive tools.
Tools Shed works in six partnership prisons around the UK. As we run Giveaway Days local to a partnership prison please have a look at our map to see if this is accessible to you so you can collect your tools. If you are too far away get in touch as we occasionally hold Giveaway Days a little further afield.