TURN Lyme Green will launch the first Lyme Regis Seed Swap on Saturday, January 29 to support and celebrate National Seed Swap Day.
The seed swap will take place from 11.30am to 1pm at The Driftwood Café at Lyme Regis Baptist Church.
Many people have developed an interest in gardening or growing vegetables and plants during the pandemic, and keen gardeners are aware of the importance of seed swaps helping to maintain heritage varieties that might otherwise become unavailable.
Whether you are growing on a windowsill, in pots or in a garden the aim is to distribute open-pollinated seeds freely to local gardeners to preserve local and regional varieties.
“The seed swap is free, and you don’t have to bring seeds to swap,” said Suzy Gallina from Turn Lyme Green.
“We hope to encourage growers to save seed from them and return with them to the seed swap the following year.
“We want as many people as possible to grow food and to get into gardening generally. Money should be no barrier to doing so.”
Turn Lyme Green has received a large donation of seeds from Cultivating Change, which is a donation initiative with seed raided by a pioneering company, CN Seeds.
Their aim is to use seed in a positive way, building a community of growers from a variety of backgrounds, whose lives will be improved either mentally, socially or physically by the scheme.
These seeds from Cultivating Change will be available on the Seed Swap day to anyone attending.
Suzy added: “We will be asking those who have these seeds if they would like to register with Cultivator for Change and become part of their community and post pics of their successes or failures on social media.”