Touch Wood

Touch Wood is, first and foremost, a shop specialising in waste wood, timber reuse and upcycling.

We rescue waste wood collected by our sister social enterprise, EMERGE Recycling, and repurpose it for re-sale and reuse in our workshop, where it is turned it into beautiful upcycled timber products.

Touch Wood is partner of the National Community Wood Recycling Project (NCWRP), a nationwide network of wood recycling social enterprises; and part of EMERGE Recycling.

Collections, sale & upcycling of waste wood

We reclaim pre-loved timber from any source, which if discarded would have been sent to landfill or burned. Anything we cannot reuse or sell is sent for recycling. This reduces the carbon emissions associated with wood going to waste, offers cost savings for DIY enthusiasts, and provides training and job potential to volunteers in the workshop.

Bespoke pieces

Our skilled team of staff and volunteers use reclaimed timber to create beautiful and practical products, such as home and garden furniture. We regularly create bespoke pieces to order.

Bespoke pieces

Our skilled team of staff and volunteers use reclaimed timber to create beautiful and practical products, such as home and garden furniture. We regularly create bespoke pieces to order.

Visit the shop

The Touch Wood Shop opens 8.30-4pm daily, in A36-37, New Smithfield Market, off Ashton Old Road, M11 2WJ. Make sure not to rely on sat nav and come in via the main entrance. Head to the Touch Wood website for more information.

Find us, or get in touch!

Our Touch Wood workshop and wood store is open Mon-Fri, 8.30am-4pm (or outside of these hours only by arrangement).

We occupy unit A36 inside New Smithfield Market, which is accessed from the main entrance on Whitworth Street East (off Ashton Old Road).

EMERGE Touch Wood

Recycling Services

We offer a full range of recycling services, all of which can be tailored to your specific requirements. From office waste collection, to WEEE destruction and confidential shredding, we can accommodate your needs.

EMERGE 3Rs

EMERGE 3Rs is a registered charity which promotes sustainable resource management through the 3Rs ethos of (‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’), aimed at reducing Manchester’s carbon footprint.  It is the parent charity under which sit three operating strands: EMERGE Recycling, Touch Wood and FareShare Greater Manchester.

FareShare GM

EMERGE carries out the Greater Manchester operations of surplus food charity FareShare, which combines sustainability and humanitarian practices by redistributing overstocked donated fresh food to charities and community initiatives across the city region.

“It’s great to be a part of reuse in action: good for my pocket, good for the environment – an all-round good news story!”

Peter Davys, Managing Director, Orrest Leisure Ltd