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FUNDING SECURED: Sustainable café in Garston improves community garden

 Published on: 2nd April 2023   |   By: Megan Milstead   |   Category: Uncategorized

A non-profit café on the Meriden Estate in Garston was awarded more than £7,000 from Watford Borough Council to help improve its community garden.

Random Café is using the money to make their outdoor space more accessible and sustainable, which includes levelling out the paths for wheelchair users, less mobile visitors, and families with buggies.

The team will also create a new patio area so members of the community can sit and enjoy the green space. Solar panels will be installed on the port-a-cabin café to reduce the power usage and make it more environmentally friendly.

The café and shop offers food that would have gone to landfill which is donated by local supermarkets. Since opening in 2017, they have saved more than 80 tonnes of food.

Jane Johnson, founder of Random Café, said: “Our community garden has become a popular destination for residents, providing a welcoming green space for the community to come together, learn about sustainability and reduce food waste. With the funding we have been awarded, we can now make it more accessible and sustainable, allowing us to continue our mission of reducing Watford’s carbon emissions and creating a more welcoming and inclusive community space.”

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “The café and shop not only offers food that would otherwise go to landfill, it also serves as a meeting place for the community, providing social events that bring people together. The funding they have received will allow the café to improve their community garden and make it more accessible and sustainable, enabling them to continue creating a positive impact on the local community and environment.”


Photo credit: Watford Borough Council 

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