Green-fingered East Lothian residents are being invited to spring clean their sheds and allow female prisoners to refurbish old tools for community use.
As part of The Conservation Foundation’s Tools Shed project, women in custody in HMP Edinburgh will repair the donated tools and pass them free-of-charge to local schools and community gardeners.
Jim Shields and Craig Widdowson, the two officers who run the project at the prison, and Nick Donaghey, manager at Dunbar Garden Centre, launched the scheme on Thursday at the Spott Road store, alongside local Tools Shed co-ordinators Andrew and Angela Davies.
They were joined by children and staff from Dunbar Primary School’s Countess After-School Club and The Ridge Project in Belhaven, who were presented with some very special items from the Tools Shed workshop in time to get on with their spring gardening.
Mr Donaghey said: “We are really pleased to be involved with this project.
“Not only will this help the local community and schools, but it is a great way for gardeners to dispose of their old, unwanted tools
“So many of us have broken tools at the back of the garden shed that are forgotten about, so we are encouraging gardeners to bring these tools to us - a simple way of spring cleaning your garden shed.”
James Shields, regimes manager at HMP Edinburgh, said: “The Tools Shed project has provided an ideal opportunity for HMP Edinburgh to develop positive and beneficial links with community groups in the capital and I’m delighted that we are extending the project to include East Lothian, Scotland’s garden county.”