Spring weather brings local seed savers to Seedy Saturday 2017

By Leah Smith in Local People

The eighth Seedy Saturday, the annual seed swap, potato day and green fair held at Timsbury Conygre Hall on Saturday, 11th March, was as popular as ever. 350 enthusiastic gardeners and growers visited the four-hour event, including over 50 children of all ages who were able to get crafty with hands-on activities organised by The Cam Valley Arts Trail.

This locally loved event dedicated to gardening, growing and community activities was bustling with growers at all stages and ages from Timsbury and surrounding areas, but also had visitors from farther afield including: Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Birmingham, plus one family who came all the way from Belgium after seeing it advertised on local TV!

There were stalls bursting with local products and home-grown produce, including heritage and organic seed from Pennard Plants and Beans and Herbs; over 50 varieties of potato; a colourful range of spring bulbs and flowers; books, preserves and gifts. Community groups and expert talks also gave visitors a chance to find out about local events and initiatives, and the kitchen café, sponsored by The Connies, was the perfect place for chatting with other gardeners over a slice of home made cake and a cup of tea.

Sam Ross, event organiser and author of the website Get Seedy!, looked back at the event, “It was great to see so many new faces amongst the repeat visitors, making use of an early spring day to swap seeds and start off their growing season. Everyone loved the relaxed and friendly atmosphere, the mix of local knowledge and expert advice, and families enjoyed the craft activities for their budding young gardeners too.

“I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped to run the event, the generous support from our sponsors and the continued interest from the local community. We could always do with more help, so anyone interested in lending a hand should get in touch by email: seedswap@getseedy.co.uk Seedy Saturday will be back on 10 March 2018 at Timsbury Conygre Hall, with a range of colourful stalls, talks and activities.”