Based in Hampshire, and only a stone’s throw away from the Solent, Alver Valley Garden Centre is part of the wider ‘Your Local Garden Centre’ group. In addition to traditional plants and shrubs, Alver Valley also caters for a full range of interests through partner businesses on site. Most importantly, as a modern garden centre, Alver Valley has a catering offer that is an attraction in its own right and helps provide additional income throughout the year.
Alver Valley was the third garden centre that Tim Mason, Project Manager at Your Local Garden Centre, commissioned, therefore the requirements for the food offer were set very high:
“The brief for the catering side of Alver Valley Garden Centre was to build on what we had achieved at our other Garden Centres, but with a view for this new green field site to be more innovative and have new features that would make it stand out from our local competition. We also wanted this kitchen to be the greenest yet, not only to help reduce energy costs, but also from a long-term environmental perspective. We generate over 1 MW of electricity from solar panels on the roof, so in effect energy usage should be close to zero”.