Spring can’t come soon enough for Norwich school and community gardeners who collected over 300 free garden tools from Salhouse Garden Centre on 24th November, thanks to Tools Shed, The Conservation Foundation’s tool recycling project run in association with HMP Norwich.
For the past year HMP Norwich has been working with The Conservation Foundation, to refurbish broken and unwanted garden tools collected from local garden centres and recycling depots. It is one of six English prisons taking part in the Tools Shed project, which is funded by the Big Lottery.
The Conservation Foundation’s Tracey Copley and Tools Shed regional organiser Steven Kerr welcomed 11 local schools and community groups to Salhouse Garden Centre. “We’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with HMP Norwich and thank the prison and all the collection points for taking part over the past year,” said Steven. “Our grant from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund has allowed us to reach even more schools and community groups and give offenders an opportunity to give back to their local community, while learning valuable new skills.”
Tools Shed at HMP Norwich has now finished but for more information about the project in other parts of the country, visit www.conservationfoundation.co.uk/tools