Grahame Park completes recycling loop

Author: Nick Griffin


The Grahame Park estate now boasts its own shop offering stylish but affordable furniture and electrical goods.

Every item in The Loop has been lovingly refurbished or repaired by local people trained by experts from the Repurpose project, a community initiative led by Groundwork London working in partnership with Genesis Housing Association.

Since last autumn, residents on the estate have benefitted from a free doorstep collection service for unwanted furniture and electrical items, offered by The Loop.

Experts from Repurpose have been training local residents to refurbish those pre-loved products in their hub and workshop right on the estate. On 8 April the hub opened its doors as a shop, giving local people the chance to buy the transformed goods at great prices.

The money raised in sales goes straight back into more training for local people in The Loop workshop.

The scheme aims to reduce fly-tipping while providing residents with affordable but distinctive furniture and electrical goods lovingly restored by their neighbours.

All Barnet residents are invited to donate any unwanted items for reuse by bringing these along to the Loop where they can also see what’s on offer at the shop.

The shop only sells products that have been tested for safety and thoroughly cleaned and refurbished. All upholstered items have the appropriate fire safety labels and all electrical items have been PAT tested. Electrical appliances come with a six month or year warrantee from fully qualified engineers.

Situated on the estate’s concourse, The Loop will also hold community events.

To find out more about the project, please visit the Groundwork website