Donate your old gardening tools and help Merton’s green-fingered children

Veolia is asking local residents to put their gardening tools to good use by donating them to Hillcross Primary School’s gardening club. Simply drop them off at the dedicated donation point at Garth Road Household Reuse and Recycling Centre before the end of August, and help the next generation learn about the power of plants.

Veolia, Merton Council’s environmental solutions provider, has partnered up with Hillcross Primary School, in Ashridge Way, Morden,  to help more pupils learn about the importance of caring for the environment and growing local produce. As well as donating gardening tools through its Community Re-use Shop, Veolia’s team has also created a dedicated donation point at Garth Road Household Reuse and Recycling Centre, directing any hoses, spades or wheelbarrows straight to Hillcross Primary School’s gardening club.

Hillcross Primary School’s gardening club was set up two years ago to allow the children to enjoy hands-on experience on growing plants, recycling and wildlife. The club grows the plants and vegetables from seeds, allowing the children to experience the life cycle first hand. By donating gardening tools, Hillcross Primary School hopes to see more children join the club and help upgrade the existing allotment. 

If residents have any of the below items, they can donate them at the Garth Road Household Reuse and Recycling Centre:

  • Wheelbarrows
  • Scythe
  • Postcrete
  • Hammers
  • Screwdrivers
  • Chicken wire
  • Wire
  • Plastic trowels
  • Recycled awning/marquee sides
  • Spades
  • Water connectors
  • Axes
  • Garden netting
  • Hose

Scott Edgell, SLWP General Manager, Veolia, said:

At Veolia we’re passionate about engaging with local communities about recycling and caring for the planet. We hope our donation to Hillcross School will help even more children learn about how plants grow and the importance of sustainable living. If residents are heading to the Garth Road Household Reuse and Recycling Centre to donate items, our teams will be happy to point you in the right direction. Residents must remember to book a time slot before visiting the recycling centre.”

Councillor Natasha Irons, Cabinet Member for Local Environment and Green Spaces, Merton Council, said: “Gardens and outdoor spaces have become more important than ever during the pandemic and it is wonderful to see some of the youngest people in our community nurturing plants and flowers and harvesting produce that they have grown from seed in their school garden.

“Our Love Merton campaign celebrates people like the pupils from Hillcross Primary School who are taking pride in their local area.

“I would encourage anyone who has gardening tools that they no longer need to donate these at the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre in Garth Road so that Hillcross Primary School’s gardening club can grow even more.”

Graham Bradfield, Hillcross Primary School Gardening Club, said: “Veolia has once again shown their commitment to making our community better by committing to help our school allotment project. Following a four week collection period we have been given over 60 nearly new tools as well as old pallets for furniture, hosepipes and potentially compose. This generosity has had an immediate impact in the quality of the lessons Hillcross can provide as well as aiding the long term plans for the outdoor space we have. We thank Veolia for the agreement to help but as with most things in life, The people make it happen. Next time you visit the recycling centres, please acknowledge the effort and convey our thanks for going above and beyond. We look forward to entering the next stage of our partnership in the knowledge that together we will make a difference to the school and wider community.”

Merton residents can book a visit to the Garth Road Household Reuse and Recycling Centre here: merton.gov.uk/recycling