Sunday, 19 May 2019

Seed swap event set to grow after successful start

Seed swap event set to grow after successful start

A NEW seed swap event in Henley has been hailed a success.

About 100 people visited the town hall on Saturday with seeds from flowers, vegetables, herbs and other plants and trees from their gardens which they exchanged with each other.

Those who had nothing to swap were given packets of seeds donated by the Toad Hall garden centre. A small quantity of seeds was also donated by the Heritage Seed Library, which preserves unusual varieties of vegetable, including coal, a variety of runner bean which has black seeds.

The event was organised by Henley in Transition with support from Henley in Bloom, the Henley Allotments Association and Kyle Dowling, horticultural warden for Henley Town Council’s parks services team.

Dave McEwen, chairman of Henley in Transition, said: “Kyle just happened to mention a seed swap at one of our meetings and I explained that I’d always wanted to do one so it just took off from there. We asked Toad Hall for help because it was the first one and we weren’t sure how many people would have seeds of their own.

“They gave us about 300 and we’re very grateful for that but in future we’ll probably get by without any additional contributions.

“It was a brilliant morning and we were glad to see so much interest.”

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