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Please ONLY visit the DIY-Library @ High Mead Farm during the Library’s promoted opening times or by prior arrangement.

Opening Times: – Times may change subject to volunteer availability,
so please check here on the day(s) of your visit(s)

Wednesdays (UFN) – 1pm – 3pm

Saturdays (UFN) – 10am – 12 noon
UFN – Until Further Notice

Pick-up/Drop-off at Canford Crossing B&B by prior arrangement via

Contact Us:
FaceBook: Dusty Shed (PM For General Queries)
Tel: – N/A
FaceBook Group: DIY-Library (For Group Info. Only)

IMPORTANT: High Mead Farm is a working Therapy Farm. When visiting, unless by prior arrangement with the Farm office, please only visit the DIY Library during it’s opening hours.  You can visit the Farm Shop anytime during it’s advertised opening hours – High Mead Farm.

What is Your DIY-Library?

The DIY- Library is for the communities of Ferndown, Colehill, Wimborne, Verwood and their adjoining Parishes, is based at High Mead Farm in Ferndown. It has a growing number of tools and miscellaneous items available to assist with you DIY projects and all are free to borrow! Based on an original idea of Adrian Walker’s, including the acquiring of space at High Mead Farm, Terry Howell grabbed the concept by the horns and has taken the Library on as a “Passion Project” with support from Adrian, Darrell Trevor-Lake and a growing band of volunteers.

The DIY-Library is now fully functioning, albeit at limited hours,  We are starting to gather momentum and attracting additional volunteers which will increase our opening times.

The scope and variety of tools is increasing daily.

Why Are We Doing This?

Enquire via our Contact form or simply drop in during our opening times.

In a nutshell the concept has been devised to help you save money and reduce the carbon footprint we ALL create by purchasing tools that we may only use now and again. It is a Community GREEN Initiative!
As most of us know from a DIY perspective, most tools are used only a couple of times in their lifespan, so, by providing a repository you would never have to buy the tool and store it forever afterwards. Borrowing is better than Hiring or buying.

New Racking Kindly Donated By DeWALT

Below are examples of the tools categories You can borrow

Please use our inventory checklist, however, if you cannot find what you are looking for, please ask via email to or Join us on FaceBook by searching for DIY-Libray and post us a message.

    • Building, Painting, Plastering and Decorating
    • Electrical
    • Garden
    • Household
    • Metalwork Tools
    • Mobility Aids
    • Motoring
    • Plumbing
    • Woodworking
    • General


We have a consumables bin containing screws, nuts, bolts, washers, brackets etc. There is also a bin where there are old tools etc. which we have replaced. All are available free of charge, however, a small donation is appreciated (marked FOC in the inventory table).

A scrap bin is also available where we put all the scrap for environmentally friendly disposal.

You are more than welcome to rummage through them and help yourself to anything you may need for your project.
We will also endeavour to perform small repairs to your items, either on site or at one of our homes. You will need to deliver and collect.
A small donation, which will go to replenishing tools, tool consumables as well as restocking the bins, would be appreciated.

How it works - It's as easy as 1-2-3

  1. Click through and read and agree to the Conditions of Borrowing (please follow the link below).
  2. Scroll down and note the item(s) you wish to borrow from the our inventory (you only need the item number(s) and a short discription)
  3. Complete the short form, adding the item numbers and the short ddescription in the field provided and submit the form. Job done!

We will get back to you confirm availability within 24hrs, but shall endevour to email you within 4hrs.

  1. Collect the items from our depot at High Mead Farm DURING THE LIBRARY for opening times see the top of this page. We advise you to take a picture(s) of your item(s) before taking away, as will also do.
  2. Use the item.
  3. Do your best to return the item(s) to the shed by the agreed “Return Date” in the condition that they were borrowed, excepting due ware and tear.


We are at High Mead farm, Ham Lane, Ferndown BH22 9DP – last barn on the right.
You can ask a friendly face or Use Google maps to find your way or even What3Words and enter: 

You can also Join Us on FaceBook – Search for: DIY-Library and Join our group.

People who have Donated tools thus far.

We are extremely grateful to the below people, who have asked to be listed, for their donations and look forward to many more donations of useful tools/newly new tools.
Linda Eldred, Diarmuid Mitchell, Catherine Clark, Pete Harriman, Edward Prince, Vicki-Lee Mc Cann, Trevor Chrissy, Julie Stevenson, Terry Neale, Graham Steel, Keith Gawler, Jax Ball, Chloe Barnard, Val Guppy, Margaret Steel, Laura & Martin Pitcher, Hannah Lovett, Fran Connor, Gavin Plested, Jacqui CableBill Revill, Chris Tye… So far!

Wanted Items

Good condition tools of any kind – We reserve the right to “refuse tools of poor quality”
You name it!…We might need it!

Would You Like To Donate Items (or Funds)?

If You think you may have an item/items that you may wish to donate to the library, then please email us and include a picture if you can.

Thank You!
The DIY-Library Team
P.S. We do reserve the right to be choosey.

Tool/Funds Donation,  email: 

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Community Library for DIY