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Rake Out Your Old Garden Tools
by Nancy Wong
March 30, 2003

Inspired by a program in Britain, VanDusen’s Master Gardeners are spearheading a new endeavour called Rake Out Your Old Garden Tools. During the month of April, people are being asked to donate their old, non-power, still-usable garden tools.

The Master Gardeners and Global Perspectives (an initiative of Richmond Secondary School), will re-direct the tools to needy projects in the Lower Mainland as well as sending tools to a low-income community in Cambodia. “In Britain, the project was very successful — sending 45 container-loads of tools to Africa in 2002,” says local organizer and VanDusen Master Gardener, Jane Sherrott.

Some of the Lower Mainland recipients will include transition houses, KidSafe, Mount Plesant Day Care, Covenant House, Lions Gate Community Psychiatric services, Vancouver & Richmond Tree Fruit Projects and the Portland Hotel Society) while Global Perspectives will distributed the tools collected as part of its 2003 project in Suong, a small subsistence-agriculture village in Cambodia.

The City of Vancouver Department of Parks and Recreation as well as the District of North Vancouver Parks and Environment Department have committed to donate tools that are no longer in use. Several garden clubs are also lending a hand by publicizing the event with their members and collecting tools at their monthly meetings.

To give your old tools a new lease on life, the public are invited to drop them off during April to:

Richmond Secondary School, Richmond — any school day 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Collingwood School (Morven campus), West Vancouver — April 12, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

VanDusen Plant Sale, VanDusen Botanical Garden — April 27, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

So now is the time to look in your garden sheds, basements and garages and “rake out” some old tools for a good cause.

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