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Tools fixed by prisoners given away free at Saughton Prison

HMP Edinburgh
Image caption The Great Garden Tool Giveaway will take place on Saturday at HMP Edinburgh

Schools and community gardeners are being urged to collect free hand tools in a giveaway to be hosted at an Edinburgh prison.

The tools were originally donated to a charity and have been fixed and refurbished by female prisoners at HMP Edinburgh.

Now The Conservation Foundation's Tools Shed project is offering the items to the community free of charge.

The Great Garden Tool Giveaway will take place on Saturday.

The refurbished tools include hoes, rakes, spades, forks, trowels and shears.


Schools and community gardeners from Edinburgh, Broxburn, Livingston, Giffnock, Fife, Newton Mearns and Glasgow have been invited to the visitor centre to collect items.

The project is led in the prison by regimes manager Jim Shields. He said: "We are the first prison in Scotland to make a Tools Shed project presentation and it is a great opportunity for HMP Edinburgh to continue links with the community.

"The female prisoners have worked conscientiously on this project over the last year and have refurbished the tools to a high standard. This an innovative example of recycling which prevents tools being sent to landfill."

Lesley Watson and Dougal Philip of New Hopetoun Gardens, where tools were originally collected, will help with the giveaway.

David Shreeve, director of The Conservation Foundation, said: "We are delighted to see this extension to Tools Shed, which involves women prisoners for the first time and also takes the scheme into Scotland, another first.

"Many of our tools go to projects organised by women and so the work at HMP Edinburgh is a natural development."

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