Andrew helps prisoners with tools scheme

(back row):  Craig Widdowson, Regimes Officer, Teresa Medhurst, Governor HMP Edinburgh, Dougal Philip.'(front): Andrew Davies, Tools Shed coordinator, Jim Shields, Regimes Manager and Lesley Watson.''Andrew Davies, front left, is the Scottish coordinator for Tools Shed. He lives near Reston.
(back row): Craig Widdowson, Regimes Officer, Teresa Medhurst, Governor HMP Edinburgh, Dougal Philip.'(front): Andrew Davies, Tools Shed coordinator, Jim Shields, Regimes Manager and Lesley Watson.''Andrew Davies, front left, is the Scottish coordinator for Tools Shed. He lives near Reston.

A Reston man has given women prisoners and Scottish schoolchildren alike a unique helping hand as part of a tool refurbishment scheme.

Andrew Davies is the Scottish Co-ordinator for Tool Shed, which recently held Scotland’s first ever Great Garden Tool Giveaway at Edinburgh Prison.

Governor Teresa Medhurst welcomed schools and community gardeners to Edinburgh Prison to collect hoes, rakes, spades, forks, trowels and shears which had been restored to their former glory in the prison’s workshops.

Guests on the day included the well-known horticulturists Lesley Watson and Dougal Philip of New Hopetoun Gardens, where tools are collected.

Andrew oversaw the project led in Edinburgh by Jim Shields, who commented: “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 is an innovative example of recycling which prevents tools being sent to landfill.”

Conservation Foundation director David Shreeve 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 so the work at HMP Edinburgh is a natural development.”

The Conservation Foundation would be pleased to hear from garden centres and horticultural organisations which would like to collect tools for the scheme in the Edinburgh and South East Scotland area and from schools and groups which would like to receive tools.

For more information on Tools Shed and its projects visit www.conservationfoundation.co.uk.