Southampton Seed Swap 2016 – not too shabby!

Firstly many thanks to everyone involved in helping to make this year’s event a success… you know who you are!! Stallholders, helpers on the door, people taking photos, chums sharing the heck out of the event on social media, tweeting like mad, supporters talking about it.   Many thanks too, to the folks who organised the events I spoke at about the seed swap..

It was lovely to have a new stallholder along this year, Robin and his chum running the Vegshed, and it would be lovely to have you back next year folks! Treemendous – a branch – (pun intended) of Transition Southampton, reported that everyone collected their trees and bushes, which is an excellent result…

The absence of Keith Bickmore gentleman gardener and seed saver extraordinaire was felt keenly… though in his place (not that anyone could replace him) I had the able and enthusiastic help of my friend Gill and the loan of ‘Morry’ (I am sorry I don’t know how your name is spelt) from Aldermoor Farm’s stall.

Next year’s event already presents a challenge, with the news that the conference centre is moving buildings, only 5 minutes away mind you, to the Spark Building on Southampton Solent Universities New Road site. Depending on a number of factors… this may necessitate finding a new venue. Watch this space…

In the mean time, after the dust has settled from this year’s big event, we are already planning the other satellite events to keep our seedy mojo going….

Mini seed swap at the Art House in March 2016 followed by Plant & Seedling Swap at the Art House   and more fun stuff to follow!!

I will also be holding stalls at various events through the year to spread the word about how awesome seed saving and gardening

Earth Fest Earth Fest – Sunday May 22nd 2016 10am – 6pm

Tickets £15 available now (Children free entry)

A Day of Delightful all sorts to celebrate a wonderful Planet but also to find some ways to address some of the problems too!

An event for Families , Educators, Teachers and the curious to find new inspiration for ideas and activities, to explore new ways of engaging with nature and people, to broaden your views on ways to enjoy and deal positively with a changing world.

Confirmed so far are sessions/activities/workshops on…

Climate Change Conversations, Curb Waste Food Cafe, Greener Funerals, percussion Workshop, Ian Dunne Do Science, Puppetry Skills, Simple felt making, Hands on Clay, Hawthorns Wildlife Centre, Wishing Tree, Step Dance, Singing,Theatrical performances, Amnesty Letter Writing, Seeds n Plantlings, Storytelling, Films, Science Room, African Hour,Wild Words, New Forest and Southampton Transition, Roaming Poet, Mindfulness, Music…and the list is still growing!

And… I will be displaying Shelf Life exhibition

it will be a collection of plants growing in the corresponding packaging of foods, drinks, cosmetics and medicines and is a reminder of our reliance upon nature and prompts you to ask the question: How many plants have I used today?

That’s all folks…  for now….




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