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Award-winning upcycling project hits the road

An award-winning upcycling project continues to go from strength to strength after another successful venture and plans to expand into other areas of Wirral.

The ‘Refresh’ project, a partnership between Magenta Living and Wirral Council, has recently spruced up a flat in Woodchurch after a successful refurbishment in Seacombe last year.

Unwanted materials and useable furniture from Magenta Living’s empty properties and Bulky Environmental Refuse Team (BERT) Service were given a new lease of life by volunteers and used to furnish the property.

This not only prevents items being sent to landfill while helping to prevent fly-tipping, but also aims to help low income families furnish their homes and avoid falling into debt trying to buy new furniture.

As Refresh is becoming increasingly popular, it will be moving out of its permanent home on Hoole Road, Woodchurch to host roadshows at venues across Wirral.

Katrina Chapman from Urban Vintage Wirral has been running weekly workshops funded by Wirral Council: ‘The success of the project is down to the hard working willing volunteers, many who are actively looking for employment such as painters, joiners and people with a natural flare for arts and crafts who can bring their skills to the project.

‘There are also many who have never even picked up a paintbrush before but left the project with many new talents, including a sense of achievement.’

Maureen Davies, Environmental Services Manager at Magenta Living said: ‘Upcycling reduces our costs as a business and means we can spend more on other important environmental projects benefiting our communities.’

To find out more about the Refresh project, contact Maureen Davies on 0151 666 6938. Alternatively, email or