23 Sep, 2023 Lifestyle & Inspiration Wood for Thought Wood Collections

An ex-exhibitor stand transformation: COP26 to Scottish Lend and Mend Hubs

You might remember that in 2021, we worked with EventCycle to redistribute some waste wood from COP26 exhibitor stands.

Amongst other materials, we received an offer to re-house the birch ply components from the YouTube exhibitor stand. Since then, the sheets have been slowly re-sold and re-used. Then in Spring 2023, Scottish Libraries contacted us about a bespoke order, just in time to make use of the final sheets…


At first, it was a pretty large stack of birch ply covered in paint marks and installation instructions.

But with waste wood collections, we always see the hidden gem beneath all of this. This was 18-22mm birch ply! And with a bit of TLC, you’d never know it had a previous life.

Over the last few years, this wood has slowly been sold and used in various projects. But when Scottish Libraries contacted us for an order of peg boards for a pilot project, John our workshop supervisor knew exactly how to use up the remaining sheets.


Using our CNC machine and a selection of vibrant colours, we made a few samples before going ahead with the final production.

If you’re subscribed to our bi-monthly newsletter, you might have seen us sharing this phase back in May. After delivery, we waited patiently until they sent through photos of the peg boards in their final home.

Delivered in time for the launch of Lend and Mend Hubs across Scotland, Victoria McQuillan (Project Delivery Officer for Lend & Mend Hubs in Public Libraries) said:

“They have been really well received across the project and brilliant for creating our Lend and Mend identity. We’ve also shared the story about the recycled ply from Cop26, which people have really loved too.”

The Lend and Mend hubs have been funded by the John Lewis Circular Future Fund, facilitating free access to equipment to repair, reuse, and up-cycle everyday items within local libraries.

 Peg boards: an ex-exhibitor stand transformation from COP26

Culture Minister Christina McKelvie said:

“Our libraries are at the heart of our communities and the first of the pilot ‘Lend and Mend Hubs’ will further enhance the services they provide locally.

Giving people free access to repair or recycle everyday items reflects the Scottish Government’s commitment to sustainability and will be an invaluable resource in the current cost of living crisis.”

 ex-exhibitor stand transformation for Lend and Mend Hubs

It’s great to see these peg boards in action within Public Libraries, and hopefully they help to keep the Lend and Mend hubs running smoothly.

There’s currently 9 hubs at various stages of functionality across Scotland.
Use the links below to explore the locations which are part of the pilot project.


Girvan Library, South Ayrshire
Orkney Library & Archive, Orkney
South West Library, Inverclyde
Kilbirnie Library, North Ayrshire
Forfar Library, Angus
Gorebridge Library, Midlothian
A K Bell Library, Perth & Kinross
Wester Hailes Library, Edinburgh
Aberdeen Central Library, Aberdeen


Follow the Lend and Mend hub on Facebook for updates.

Looking for some peg boards?

Contact us about a bespoke order.

 ex-exhibitor stand transformation Gorebridge Library peg boards

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