Earlier this year, Renhold VC Primary School in Bedfordshire visited Community RePaint Northampton to pick up some high-quality, affordable leftover paint for use in their ‘Peace Garden’ project.  

The Peace Garden, funded through events organised by Renhold Primary School’s ‘Friends of Renhold’ Parent, Teacher and Friends Association (PTFA), was identified by the school as a much-needed space for their pupils to be able to utilise whilst at school.

Renhold VC Primary School's new Peace Garden, featuring upcycled garden furniture using leftover paint from Community RePaint Northampton A bench in Renhold VC Primary School's new Peace Garden, upcycled using leftover paint from Community RePaint Northampton

The aim of the Peace Garden, set to enhance the space used as a Forest School and Outdoor Learning Area within the school grounds, was to be a calm and peaceful place for the students of Renhold Primary School to Reflect, Remember and Pray. The idea being that the space will assist the children’s mental health and wellbeing, while also acting as a place for the children to connect with nature.

As part of the project, the PTFA approached Community RePaint Northampton, run by Happy to Help CIC, a social enterprise subsidiary of Northampton Partnership Homes through their Paint Shop at Kings Heath, to pick up high-quality, affordable paint for their Peace Garden project.

The paint collected was used to brighten up the garden, with a range of bold, brightly coloured paints applied to the garden’s shed, fencing, arches, benches, cross planter plus a very cute hedgehog house and tyres savvily upcycled into planters.

This September, Renhold Primary School proudly unveiled their completed Peace Garden through a grand opening and we think it looks amazing – a very special space that we imagine the school’s students will love!

Renhold VC Primary School's new Peace Garden A hedgehog house in Renhold VC Primary School's new Peace Garden, upcycled using leftover paint from Community RePaint Northampton

Community RePaint Northampton, hosted by Happy to Help CIC, joined the Community RePaint network in 2020. Their aim is to improve the health, wellbeing, economy, environment and availability of opportunities for the benefit of NPH residents and their communities. Read our recent Northampton Meet the Scheme article here.

Staff outside Community RePaint Northampton Staff inside Community RePaint Northampton

The scheme collects usable, leftover paint from local retailers, businesses and paint manufacturers, which is then available to local individuals and community groups to purchase at an affordable price of £1-£2 per litre.

To pick up paint for your project, you simply need to pop in and visit them at the Paint Shop, Kings Heath, during their opening hours. We would recommend calling in advance of making long journeys to the scheme as the amount of paint available will fluctuate throughout the year.

For further details about Community RePaint Northampton, click here.

Community RePaint Northampton

The Community RePaint Network comprises over 65 schemes across the country, providing affordable leftover paint to individuals, families and community groups/organisations. If you need paint for your home improvement or community project, find your nearest scheme here.


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