Transition Town Wellington are holding their annual seed swap on Sunday 8 February from 2-4pm at The Dolphin pub in Waterloo Road, Wellington. The event offers experienced gardeners, as well as those growing for the first time, the chance to swap and share seeds and get practical tips on growing, composting and other aspects of eco-friendly gardening.
Locally grown flower, herb and vegetable seeds will be available to swap. Those new to gardening who don’t have anything to swap are welcome to come along and choose some seeds they would like to grow. There will also be activities for children and a chance to make ‘Wildflower seed bombs’. A small voluntary donation is welcome but not obligatory.
The event is part of a world-wide call to gardeners, consumers and communities to take action to protect locally grown crop varieties that have been around for generations, that taste good and grow well, but which are being lost because of increasing control of the seed supply by a handful of large companies.
One of the organisers, Val Mister, said: “With seeds now so expensive, seed swaps provide a great opportunity for gardeners to share seeds they don’t need and try out others they may not have grown before. Also, seed from locally grown vegetables and flowers are better adapted to local growing conditions than commercially grown seeds. Wellington’s seep swap, along with many others around the world, aims to keep these precious resources alive. It’s very much in keeping with the Transition Towns philosophy which is about taking control and improving our lives – saving ourselves money as well as saving the world we live in by doing things for ourselves and keeping it local.”
- More information about the Seed Swap is available from Val Mister 01823 661235 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Transition Town Wellington visit the website www.ttw.btck.co.uk