New life for old tools at B&Q West Norwood

B&Q West Norwood proudly handed over some very special tools to young gardeners from Streatham?s Hitherfield Primary School.

The young gardeners were from Tools Shed, The Conservation Foundation?s garden tool recycling project,? which is run in association with a number of UK prisons, ?and distributes refurbished garden tools to school and community gardeners.

The tools presented were repaired by prisoners at HMP Wandsworth and were donated to Hitherfield Primary School for the edible playground which the school is growing in partnership with Trees for Cities. Hitherfield will also be sharing some tools among other local schools.

Tools Shed is a successful sustainability project which gives productive work and skills to prisoners, while saving tools from landfill.

The refurbished tools give schoolchildren the chance to get involved with fun, outdoor projects, learning to tend and grow plants and create something they can feel proud of.

Last year B&Q held a tool amnesty in a number of stores in order to collect broken garden hand tools for Tools Shed.

Lee Tattersall, store manager at B&Q West Norwood, commented: ?B&Q was so pleased to help out with the Tools Shed project. ?It?s a really great cause and we look forward to seeing how Hitherfield Primary School?s Edible Playground grows!?

Last year, Hitherfield Primary School?s Edible Playground was officially opened for the governors, parents and children to explore for the first time.? The project is part of Trees for Cities? Edible Playground programme that transforms outdoor spaces in school grounds into green growing spaces, giving children the opportunity to grow, harvest and eat healthy food.

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