The story so far
The Green Gram evolved out of Gardner’s Zero Waste; a mobile refill shop set up by Alderholt resident Jo Anderson in August 2019. With a nod to her great great grandfather, William Gardner, who owned a dairy and grocery shop in Fulham in the early 1900s, Jo and her trailer built a loyal customer base of people reducing their dependence on single-use plastic. Jo decided to hang up her steering wheel and open a shop in Fordingbridge and in late 2021 a steering group was formed of local people who are passionate about reducing our use of plastic.
With the help of the Plunkett Foundation, an organisation which assists community shops and pubs, the steering group registered The Green Gram Community Refill Shop Limited as a Community Benefit Society in January 2022. Operating as a Community Benefit Society with a share offer allows members of the community to invest both physically and emotionally in the shop. It also means that, over time, The Green Gram will put its profits back into the community, into projects and causes voted for by the Society members. Our first share offer closed in April 2022, but you can still support The Green Gram by making a donation if you wish- just click on the button at the foot of this page.
The Green Gram opened at 4 Roman Quay, Fordingbridge in May 2022. We are really excited to be working together to bring plastic-free shopping to Fordingbridge and look forward to welcoming you in the shop!