Free furniture for Finsbury Park

Islington locals have been invited to collect free household goods as part of the Bright Sparks initiative. Photo by the author.

Visitors to Finsbury Park will be able to pick up free household items every month as part of a drive to reduce waste from a local re-use and repair project.

Members of the public can choose from a range of furniture, kitchen items, clothes and even food – all goods that would otherwise end up in landfill.

The giveaway is part of a series of events held across Islington every month by Bright Sparks, a project that began in 2010 as part of an Islington council initiative to reduce the number of small electrical items being thrown away.

The enterprise deals in the “business of quality re-used goods” and receives ten tonnes of unwanted reusable household items every month, sourced mainly from donations or ex-council properties.

Flo Francis, community initiative co-ordinator for Bright Sparks, said: “What would have once gone into landfill now gets filtered through us.”

“There’s no need to go out and buy new.”

Residents collecting free food products. Photo by the author.

The initiative wants to reduce landfill waste while providing cheap furniture and clothing for local residents.

Francis explained: “We run these events for the community so people can afford quality furniture at low cost.

“People don’t have as much disposable income now. Most of the money is going on rent. Even charity shops are getting more and more expensive.”

Bright Sparks has a shop on 176 Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, N7 7PX. To find out more about its next giveaway, visit