Hundreds of people flocked to an upcycling show where prizes were handed out to people who turned trash into treasure.

Now in its third year and growing in popularity, the event is run by the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) and environmental charity Groundwork London.

An audience of 300 gathered in Walthamstow Assembly Hall on Sunday, November 18, to watch a panel of judges pick out the most impressive upcycled items rescued from the bin.

Entrants from Waltham Forest, Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey and Islington were given less than three weeks to transform a piece of waste furniture.

After judges Tommy Walsh of Ground Force, Kunle Barker of ITV’s ‘Love your Home and Garden’, TV presenter Georgina Burnett and Upcycled Hour creator Chris Billinghurst picked their favourites, guests got the chance to vote for the winning title.

Prize winners included Vishal Gohel for his upcycled armchair and Gilda Pereira for her side table.

The competition’s overall winner, Nicholas Troop, wowed the judges with his three furniture pieces all made from one set of a chest of drawers.

Mr Troop of Waltham Forest said: “Although I am by no means the most eco-minded person I know, I do believe in the idea of reducing waste by creating something that someone wants out of something that no one wants.

“I really enjoy the creative process, trying to design something on the basis of what you find rather than buying materials to build something you have already designed.

“Each year the competition is run, somebody from our street has entered and last year my neighbour across the road, Helen, won it as the overall winner.

“So I don’t know what it is about our street - I might have to put somebody else up to it next year.”

The audience were also treated to an upcycling challenge on stage, led by DIY expert Tommy Walsh.

Enthusiastic volunteers from the audience worked in two separate teams against the clock to create a new piece of furniture out of rescued materials.

Ben Coles, Director of Communities and Environmental Services at Groundwork London, said: “We’re delighted with the turnout at this year’s event, which is growing year on year, demonstrating that upcycling and reuse is very much on the minds of Londoners.”