Our story … so far!

Camlan Garden Centre opened in the summer of 2016; and in February this year (2018) we have been joined by Coffi Camlan; and Camlan Farm Shop opened this summer!

Lisa and Ian Allsop grasped the opportunity to transform an unused plot of land just off the A470 in Dinas Mawddwy into a much-needed local garden centre. The garden centre shop is off-grid, using using solar panels to provide lighting and power, and harvesting rainwater for irrigation as a suitably green solution to their ‘utility’ needs. The shop and cafe are converted 40ft shipping containers, clad in larch to blend in with the surrounding landscape. 

Nadine England moved her cafe from Hen Siop in the village of Dinas Mawddwy up to the garden centre site, converting the storage container into a fantastic cafe space. Nadine is happy to use the cafe for workshops, afternoon teas, and letting the space for meetings, complete with refreshments as requested. If you are interested in renting the space or running workshops or holding events please contact Nadine via our contact link (see foot of page).

The new farm shop is run by Ian Allsop, who has retired from gardening to indulge his love of cheese! The shop is a 20ft shipping container converted in a similar way to the garden centre shop and cafe. It sells a wide choice of Welsh and British cheeses, fresh locally produced bread as well as lots of tasty Welsh produce from companies including Halen Mon, Pembrokeshire Beechfood Company, Trealy Farm, Neuadd Fach Baconry and Nomnom Chocolate.

The garden centre, run by Lisa Allsop, aims to stock Welsh and British grown plants such as Welsh variety fruit trees and hardy shrubs, alpines and perennials, all well suited to the climate in this part of Wales; along with a selection of more traditional plants such as summer bedding plants. In addition to selling plants and gardening products and supplies, the garden centre shop has a good range of giftware and greetings cards for those special occasions.

In 2019 we are aiming to set up a charitable section of Camlan and attract funding to run workshops on and off-site, with the aim of becoming a community hub.