Trumpington Seedy Sunday 2011

Trumpington Allotment Society's previous Seedy Sunday event was on Sunday 23rd January 2011 at Trumpington Village Hall, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 9HZ. 1:30-4pm.

  • Talk on how to save your own seeds by Neil Munroe, manager of Garden Organic's Heritage Seed Library.
  • Seeds from Heritage Seed Library. (Donations please.)
  • Film on the importance of saving seed internationally.

If you have seeds you have saved or packets you are unable to use up please bring them but this is not essential.

This annual event is organised by the Trumpington Allotment Society with help from Transition Cambridge.

  • Entry fee: Adults £1, children free.
  • Everyone welcome!
  • How to get there:
    • Cycle: 15 mins from central Cambridge along Trumpington St. From Railway station, cycle via Brooklands Avenue.
    • Buses: No.7 bus hourly to Trumpington, or bus to Addenbrookes and walk across the fields, past the new access road and guided busway building works.
    • Car: close to M11 junction 11, signposted "Trumpington Park and Ride".
  • Over 100 people came to last year's event

Seed saving and organisations such as the Heritage Seed Library are important to maintain genetic diversity and preserve open pollinated varieties as many of these are under threat. EU legislation makes it uneconomical for seed companies to keep varieties that do not sell in vast quantities on an EU approved list. The seed companies are not allowed to sell varieties that are not on this list.

Why Share Seed

Seed swapping aims is to bring people together to share seeds, help to maintain heritage types, maintain the gene pool and promote interest in growing vegetables, fruit and flowers. Seeds can be collected and saved from your allotments and gardens. You can bring any seeds you have spare such as: 1. Those collected from last year's crop of vegetables and flowers. 2. Heritage varieties 3. Used packets - unfinished or unwanted 4. Free packets from gardening magazines or freebies.

For thousands of years farmers and gardeners practised seed saving. In the Third World it is still the main source of seed production. Here in Britain were hundreds of different varieties were improved and adapted for better cropping or flavour over many generations a wide range of varieties are disappearing.

Most seed companies only keep a few well-known varieties that have been developed for commercial purposes and are not necessarily selected for taste and durability. Nowadays many of these old varieties are no longer on sale and can only be shared through seed swapping organisations and groups. This is a great concern as it limits the pool of seed available and reduces biodiversity. Encouraging people to keep their own seed helps to keep varieties alive.

Seedy Sunday is a good way to find out about how to save seed yourself.

Itís essential to maintain a wide pool of seed types for the future generations so that they can adapt to changing the environment, have types that are resistant to disease and crop failures and find types that thrive in different climates and soil types.