BROMSGROVE residents are being urged to donate their old tools so they can be used for community projects.
Tools for Change with Wyevale Garden Centres see those donating tools given a ten per cent discount on all new hand tools, including existing offers.
The scheme is being run in conjunction with The Conservation Foundation’s Tools Shed which repairs garden tools in prison workshops, giving old and broken hand tools a whole new lease of life.
Those wanting to donate can take them along to the Wyevale Garden Centre from now until June 9.
The unwanted tools will be refurbished by being delivered to three prisons – Dartmoor, Edinburgh and Wandsworth where they will be reconditioned by prisoners before being distributed to local schools, charities and community groups throughout England and Wales in early 2017.
Roger Mclaughlan, CEO of Wyevale Garden Centres, said: “In this modern throwaway world it’s immensely important to reduce, reuse and recycle wherever possible.
“Our Tools For Change programme with The Conservation Foundation is not only helping to reduce the amount of waste from old, unwanted or broken tools, but also providing an opportunity for prisoners to learn valuable skills in workshops.”
“Wyevale Garden Centres is proud to support local communities up and down the country, so the fact that we can in turn support schools and garden projects is a wonderful incentive to have a spring clean – out with the old.”
Conservation Foundation Director David Shreeve says: “We recently celebrated the tenth anniversary of Tools Shed and what amazes me is that there is still no shortage of tools looking for new homes – and no shortage of schools and community gardens needing them.
“It is great to have so many Wyevale Garden Centres collecting tools for so many good causes.”
The nearest garden centres are in Worcester Road, Clent, and Maple Road, Bournville.
Any school or community group wanting to receive free tools once they have been repaired should email firstname.lastname@example.org with their details.