Old Sarum Garden Centre kitchen plans move huge steps forward

Old Sarum Garden Centre kitchen plans move huge steps forward

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:33am 14th August 2019.

The facility, run by Salisbury charity Alabare, wants to add two shipping containers to their front entrance.

They would then be upcycled to become a kitchen and a cafe, open to the public.

That would give their clients - many of which have learning disabilities, autism, poor mental health, or other complex needs - a chance to learn new skills and earn qualifications.

Alabare Old Sarum Garden Centre Oct 2017 1 (Faye Tryhorn)
The garden centre provides the clients with the skills they need to hopefully go into employment


In order to make the project a reality, Alabare called on local people to help the garden centre.

A crowdfunder was set up to raise £6,000 towards the scheme.

The money raised through that will go towards the interior decoration of the cafe, so we'll be able to visit and see exactly where our support's gone!


The garden centre has already secured the shipping containers to be put into place and transformed at Old Sarum.

There's also been good news for Alabare this week, as a planning application for the kitchen and cafe project has been decided by Wiltshire Council.

The project has been given the go ahead, with work hoped to start within weeks.


When the crowdfunding campaign launched, Alabare released a video of Old Sarum Garden Centre Manager Markus Fanti explaining the reasons behind the idea:

The kitchen and cafe will also increase their capacity for clients - rising from 45 to 50 people every week.

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