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GARDENERS are being urged to weed out their old, broken tools and cash in on a voucher scheme.

Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre near Morpeth is offering the ‘garden tool amnesty’ as part of The Conservation Foundation’s Tools Shed programme.

The scheme takes in broken tools to be repaired in prisons as part of training and rehabilitation, and then passes the restored equipment on to schools and community garden projects.

Anyone taking their unwanted tools to Heighley Gate will be given a 20 per cent discount voucher to be redeemed against new kit from Fiskars, Yeoman, Joseph Bentley, Wolf, Burgeon and Ball and Felco ranges by March 13. The offer applies to tools such as trowels, spades, hand and garden forks, hoes and rakes, but not electrical or petrol-driven equipment.

The Conservation Foundation Director David Shreeve said: “Our 2010 Tools Shed initiative with the garden centre was a great success. Thanks to the help of the garden centre, our prison partners have received plenty of tools to repair and these in turn have found good homes in school and community gardens.”

The Heighley Gate amnesty runs from Saturday, February 12 to Sunday, February 27. For more information call the outlet, located off the A697, on 01670 513416.