The UK?s largest and longest established community seed swap event, Seedy Sunday (www.seedysunday.org), is to throw open the doors for its 13th annual event on 2nd February 2014.
The event returns for a second year to Brighton?s Corn Exchange (part of the Brighton Dome complex) in the city centre, and organisers are confident that this year they?ll welcome even more than the 2500 visitors who enjoyed the 2013 event.
The event opens at 10.30am and runs until 4pm. Admission is just ?3 (?2 concessions) and children under 16 go free.
The heart of Seedy Sunday is the seed swap table, where visitors are encouraged to swap seeds they?ve saved from their own garden or allotment for the seeds of traditional vegetables, fruit and flowers they want to grow in the coming season. If visitors haven?t got any spare seed to swap, however, they can make a donation of 50p per packet. At last year?s event over 10,000 packets of seeds crossed the table.
These open-pollinated, ‘heritage’ varieties are often no longer commercially available, but are naturally well adapted to local growing conditions – as well as being tasty and colourful. At the seed swap, experienced local growers are on hand to advise on the practicalities of seed saving and growing from seed.
Alongside the Seed Swap table will be 50 stalls from community groups, charities and small businesses that reflect the focus of Seedy Sunday on gardening and growing, ecology, community engagement and sustainability. Infinity Caf? will be running a pop-up caf? in the Corn Exchange and there will also be children?s activities and cookery demonstrations from the Community Chef.
Another highlight of Seedy Sunday is the speakers programme which this year will look at topics including ?How to sow a seed? for those new to gardening, bee-keeping and permaculture, and the Seedy Sunday Question Time for gardeners, when local experts will be answering all your queries and concerns about growing, plants, harvests and seeds.
Chairman of Seedy Sunday, Steve Bustin, says the event is attracting an ever wider range of visitors:
?Seedy Sunday has always attracted hundreds of dedicated gardeners and allotmenteers, keen to hunt out rare varieties of fruit and veg and swap for some of the amazing quantities of seed they?ve saved. They?re certainly still the backbone of the event but in recent years we?ve seen a huge increase in beginner gardeners ? those who have perhaps just got their first garden or have finally been allocated an allotment or just want to grow on a balcony or windowsill. We even see lots of people who haven?t anywhere to get growing but are keen to find out more and engage with the dozens of community organisations that take part.
?The event really does cater for all these people, from beginners to experts. For many gardeners Seedy Sunday is the start of their gardening year – a chance to start thinking about what they?re going to grow as winter finally turns into Spring.
?We?re looking forward to welcoming everyone to our 2014 event on 2nd February and we know it?s going to be bigger and better than ever!?
To keep up to date with all the Seedy Sunday news visit www.seedysunday.org or follow @SeedySundayBton on Twitter.