Cafe arrives at Redcatch Community Garden

 

Volunteers Nina Griffiths (eft) and Jacky Sawdon with six-month-old Mason Griffiths.


The newest edition to Redcatch Community Garden is the much-anticipated café which arrived on Saturday – and will serve meals using produce grown on site.

The garden – based on the former croquet green in Redcatch Park is the brainchild of Knowle West gardener Steve Griffiths and is producing fruit, vegetables and plants for local people to enjoy.

There’s now a well-stocked polytunnel and veg plot as well as newly planted fruit trees and mushroom logs being established – and all the produce will be used in the café.

The project run by nine volunteers, including Steve’s wife Nina, hit its Crowdfunding target in just four days in June raising nearly £9,000. Redcatch Community Centre has also given £1,000 to the team.

Steve says: “The money will pay for to pay for all the equipment for the café, a new polytunnel, as well as compost and timber. We are looking to do adult education classes and want to have a shop to sell the produce.”

 

The café  – which will be named Roots – is an old catering trailer which is currently being refurbished. It is due to open to the public by mid August and will be run by two of the volunteers Katie Hardridge and Jacky Sawdon.

Jacky says: “It’s really exciting because whatever is produced from the garden will be farm to fork. It will be seasonal with snacks such as mushrooms on toast, our own herbal teas picked from the garden, home-made fruit pops and cakes.

“We want to get feedback from people and then responds to local needs. We’ll have a suggestion board and develop our menu that way.”

Katie adds: “We want to provide the community with great food and drink that is local, sustainable and affordable.”

The pair plan a grand opening late September for the harvest. Visit the Redcatch Community Garden Facebook for details.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the project can contact Steve on 0782 613 7106 or pop into The Pavilion at Redcatch Park weekday mornings.