Join us for music, soup, cake and swapping seeds
FINAL preparations are being made, as I write this, for this weekend's Bristol Seed Swap 2013. It is being held tomorrow afternoon at Avon Wildlife Trust's Feed Bristol site in Stapleton.
As well as the seed swap, there is a green fair, a chance to learn from experts and pick up tips on sustainable living. The seed swap is designed to share your old seeds and have a chance at testing out some new varieties from other people.
The Feed Bristol staff and volunteers are doing our bit to enthuse people about adopting a wildlife-friendly approach to vegetable growing and volunteering on the day and into the future. The event is also supporting a major national initiative called "The Big Dig", where people can join the Feed Bristol team in preparing for the new growing season. Thousands of people across Britain will be taking part in similar 'big digs' at community gardens.
There are also talks by permaculture "gurus" Patrick Whitefield and Mike Feingold, and people from the Bristol Pound.As is always the case with celebrations at Feed Bristol, there is live music and delicious home-made soup and cake. And we also have our recruiter Chris Steel at the seed swap to answer questions about the Trust's work and to encourage people to join as members. Without a strong membership we could not care for our 35 nature reserves, advise landowners, comment on planning applications, or run innovative projects including Wild Schools and Feed Bristol. We are particularly pleased to be hosting this event because Feed Bristol is still less than one year old, and with the support of our funders, partners and volunteers so much has already been achieved. Community groups, school children and families have spent time digging, planting and caring for plants. Their reward is spending time outside, enjoying what nature has to offer, exercise, making new friends and meeting others, plus the sought after 'grow it' tokens which are swapped for produce grown at Feed Bristol. The Feed Bristol events, from traditional wassails and the chocolate-free Easter egg hunt on April 6 to fruit grafting, pruning and other workshops, are free and proving increasingly popular. We are grateful for the support of Bristol City Council, Bristol Green Capital, the Big Lottery Fund and Local Food – it is thanks to our funders and partners, members and volunteers that we have been able to achieve so much.
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The Bristol Seed Swap and The Big Dig are free and run between 12 noon and 4pm, at Avon Wildlife Trust's Feed Bristol site on the corner of Frenchay Park Road and Stoke Lane. Please go to Facebook.com/Bristol.seedswap and bigdig.org.uk for more details.
Avon Wildlife Trust is dedicated to securing a strong future for the natural environment and to inspiring people. Please go to avonwildlifetrust.org.uk for information on Feed Bristol, nature reserves, walks and educational work plus ways to support the charity including membership.
Matt Cracknell is Avon Wildlife Trust's Feed Bristol Project Officer