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Garden tool sharing
Trellis would like to encourage everyone to sign-up to streetbank and enable tool sharing within local communities. streetbank is an online site which is for sharing all sorts of neighbourhood items. Their web pages are at www.streetbank.com/splash , their ethos is to get people sharing within their local community.
If you are an individual or group with tools to share or want to find tools, please consider signing up to streetbank. Trellis will also create links to your tool share on this web page, just contact us at email@example.com
Tool sharing examples
Having explored the internet for information and asked around, Trellis have come up with a few examples, information and contacts related to setting up your own tool bank:
The Transition Towns network in England have a tool banks in operation (Transition Towns network http://www.transitionnetwork.org/) Transition Town Stoke Newington tool share is at : http://www.ttstokenewington.org.uk/index.php?option=com_community&view=groups&task=viewgroup&groupid=9&Itemid=132
Bury Council news article at http://www.bury.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=7739 reads : Six Town Housing now have a "tool library" that provides free hiring of garden tools to tenants in Bury, helping people who may struggle maintaining their gardens. Lack of money to purchase the necessary equipment and the means to store it is often an issue for tenants. The idea of the scheme is not only to help tenants keep nice gardens, but also to improve how Bury's neighbourhoods look. The tool library is being delivered by Groundwork who provide a bank of tools such as spades, forks, trowels and much more. Tenants just call or e-mail to request the tools and arrange delivery and collection. David Lyon, Six Town Housing tenant, said: "I don't read too many books but I do plenty of gardening, so this is my kind of library! Tools can be quite expensive so it's a great idea, and they also provide training on how to use tools which is really useful. " If you are a tenant you can reserve a garden tool or get further information on 0161 724 3771 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
US Resource How to start a Tool sharing library (USA) http://ukiahcommunityblog.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/how-to-start-a-tool-lending-library/
Other web pages which host free tool share /swap include : Just For the Love of It http://www.justfortheloveofit.org/