The Garden Café prides itself on delivering ethically sourced refreshments, which are also locally made wherever possible. Some of the delectable cakes are make in the Café kitchen while others come from local enterprise, Roberta’s Patisserie. At this time of year, harvest from the Systematic Beds and Schools Garden is often used in the home-made savoury tarts and soups. All the drinks served are fair-trade sourced, and the mineral water supplied is One Water, part of the One portfolio of products. 100% of the profit made on every One product sold funds a like-for-like equivalent project in developing countries. So customers at the Garden Café purchasing One Water have been supporting clean water projects in East Africa.
Matt Gray from the Cambridge Juice Company, which distributes One Water in and around Cambridge confirms:
One Water got in touch recently to say that sales of One Water through our distribution contract, including to the Garden Café, have made a £9000 contribution to vital water projects in Africa, including the installation of several innovative playpumps; as children play on these specially designed roundabouts, fresh clean water is pumped into a storage tanks for use by the entire community. Brilliant.
Andrew Smith who runs the Garden Café, added,
We have also been inviting customers who prefer tap water to consider making a donation to the East African Appeal, and we have been able to send £500 collected in just the past two months. We are very conscious of being waterwise in the Eastern region, where rainfall is low, but our challenges are nothing compared to those experienced daily in Africa, so it is really great to be able to make a contribution through good business.