Silver Awards for Otter Preserves

Preserves go Silver!

Blackcurrant jam and marmalade made at Otter Garden Centres scooped silver in the Producers category at the recent Food Drink Devon Awards.

The preserves are made in the kitchens at the garden centre in Ottery St Mary by Liz Lee and her team using traditional methods with a high fruit ratio. Liz has built up quite a following with regular customers, who sometimes call ahead to make sure their favourite flavours are in stock.

Restaurant Manager, Simon Raynor said: “Our homemade range has proved very popular; some of the jams are served with cream teas in the restaurant, and we also have a display of jars for purchase.

“As a garden centre known for growing quality plants, we’re also proud to be producers of quality food.”

This year, for the first time, Victoria plum jam has been added to the selection. The fruit was collected locally by staff after the warm summer led to a glut of plums.

As well as preserves, the kitchen team also produce cranberry sauce and Christmas puddings in three sizes. Some customers place orders each year for Liz’s puds, available with or without peel.

The two silver awards are the latest in a line of awards for our own produce, which includes last year’s gold award winners, strawberry and raspberry jam.

Liz Lee with Simon Raynor

Silver award

Charity Fundraising – Torbay

Charity Fundraising Headshave

Our three Devon garden centres, in Ottery St Mary, Plymouth and Torbay, are all organising charity fundraising events for Devon Air Ambulance Trust this year.

Our Torbay garden centre also supported the charity in 2017, raising almost £4,500 through a series of inventive fundraising events.

One of the most memorable events was a headshave, when Richard had his locks shorn, sponsored by colleagues and customers.

Brave the Shave 2018

Well, Richard is once again ‘braving the shave’ to fundraise.

The event is on Friday 19th October at 11am.

We would love our customers to come and help us cheer Richard along and support our fundraising.

See you then!

Brave the shave poster


Otter Garden Centres Autumn Malvern Offer – Extended

Autumn Malvern offer – 20% discount extended to end November 2018

If you’ve been thinking about buying a garden building, now is a great time to do it with our Autumn Malvern offer! You can see many of the options in our Ottery St Mary branch.

Fancy a home office, extra storage or somewhere to sit and enjoy your garden in all weathers? Malvern has a garden building to suit.

Malvern Offer 20% discount