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Tool scheme run in Stroud to help those on a low income

Volunteer Chris Amatt on a Stroud Valleys Project conservation day
Volunteer Chris Amatt on a Stroud Valleys Project conservation day

First time gardeners, and those on a limited income, could soon be getting a boost thanks to a local charity.

The Stroud Valleys Project (SVP) is asking locals to donate any unwanted garden hand tools to their eco shop in Threadneedle Street.

However, they do not need donations of electrical tools.

"We set up the eco shop to raise money to help run Stroud Valleys Project," said Clare Mahdiyone, director of projects at SVP.

"We are always looking for new ways to increase donations and help local people at the same time.

"We've decided to start a scheme to help first time gardeners or those on a low incomes, so that they can come and buy cheap garden tools such as forks, rakes and spades.

The environmental charity set up the SVP Eco Shop as a not-for-profit social enterprise in May, selling organic, Fair Trade and recycled goods with a "focus on wildlife and gardening".

"We work with people to help the environment," added Clare.

"Selling second-hand garden tools is a natural extension of the charity's core work.

"We run all kinds of courses to introduce people to nature and to how look after important green spaces in their neighbourhood."

For more information about SVP, check out the charity's official website.

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