Seedy Saturday: Seed Swap


On Saturday 10 March, 10:30am – 1:00pm, Cumbria Wildlife Trust is giving local people an opportunity to trade in seeds they probably won’t use and to get some they will. The event is being held at Gosling Sike, Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s base at Houghton, near Carlisle.

Michelle Waller, Senior Development Officer at Cumbria Wildlife Trust said: “Most growers are also seed hoarders, I know I’m guilty of this! So many seeds can go to waste. Our event is about giving those seeds a chance to grow, saving money on buying new seeds, creating an opportunity to pick up new varieties, and a warm place where you can talk about all things green and growing, or whatever you fancy!”

“Bring along spare vegetable, fruit, salad and flower seeds and swap them for a new variety, or maybe swap them for something completely different! If you have tools you no longer want or need or pots for the ‘pot bank’ bring those too.”

How it works: bring seeds if you have them in envelopes; label them up with the variety name and add planting and growing instructions if possible. Leave your spare seeds and take away something new!

Tea, coffee and cake will be available, along with information about how to garden with wildlife in mind. Seed swappers are also welcome to take a walk around the wildlife wetland.