Sustainable Development / News A vegetable garden at the Mercure Porto Centro

Easy to install and to look after

The rooftop of the Mercure Porto Centro hotel was chosen as the setting for the vegetable garden project. A patch of greenery overlooking the tiled roofs right in the heart of Portugal’s second city.

The Mercure Porto Centro hotel has teamed up with a young Portuguese start-up named Noocity to install a vegetable garden on its 80 m2 rooftop. It took only a few hours to put the 13 plant containers in place. Caring for the plants is easy thanks to the equipment’s distinctive feature, a built-in irrigation system in each container which makes daily watering unnecessary. By limiting evaporation and water loss and making use of rain water, the intelligent vegetable garden also enables economies of up to 80 % to be made compared to a classic installation. The soil is deep enough to grow a large variety of fruits, vegetables and plants and Chef Filipe Lema uses them to embellish the dishes on the menu at the Tribuna restaurant with ultra fresh salads and to add colour and flavour to his plates using the wide range of aromatic herbs. For Alexandra Nogueira, Manager Food & Beverage, “customers as well as employees enjoy our vegetable garden and in addition it helps us to make them aware of subjects such as organic agriculture or reasonable consumption”.

Committed to more sustainable development

“Our aim with this vegetable garden is to contribute on our scale towards more environmentally-friendly development” explains Rui Castro Cruz, General Manager of Mercure Porto Centro. This approach is in line with AccorInvest’s strategic objectives: to participate on our scale in maintaining biodiversity in cities, contribute towards developing urban or peri-urban agriculture, promote collaborative projects and make the outdoor spaces around our hotels more attractive.

250 AccorInvest hotels now have a vegetable garden. A good practice and one which is not difficult to adopt!

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