Trumpington Seedy Sunday 2013

Contact: email us or call Ceri Galloway C. 840602 or Susanna Colaco C. 841870.

Seedy Sunday took place at Trumpington Village Hall, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 9HZ on 20th January 2013, 1:30-4:00pm. Entry fee £1.50 -- children free.

Come along to Seedy Sunday and swap or collect some new veg and flower seeds for the coming season. You can donate your own saved seeds or surplus packets of bought seed if you have any, but there's always plenty of seeds for everyone so come along even if you don't have any seeds to swap. You can also buy heritage seed varieties or make a donation to the Heritage Seed Library for varieties they preserve and promote. This popular annual event has something for everyone; as well as talks and a film (see below), CamBake will be offering some of their delicious seed-inspired breads, children can sow their own egg box seed garden, and there will be refreshments provided by Trumpington WI. Organised in conjunction with Trumpington Allotment Society.

Speakers and Films

The rise of F1 seeds: implications for growers and seedsavers

Valerie Muir - of Valerie’s Veggies and Plants

I am a retired medical pathologist and lifelong grower. I have had a small market garden near Bishops Stortford for 16 years, which is fully organic now for 7 years, Soil Association certified. I grow veg, fruit, nuts, herbs and garden plants all of which are for sale. I also teach organic gardening and growing. I love growing plants from seed and currently have a large productive apple tree grown from a 'Discovery' seed.

Seeds of Freedom - Film and discussion

Seeds of Freedom highlights the story of seed - from its roots at the heart of traditional diversity-rich farming systems around the world, to the ways that seeds are being turned into a commodity and used to monopolise the global food system.

Growzones and Permaculture design

Pippa Vine - Transition Cambridge will talk about how her garden has developed since she participated in Growzones in 2010 and the benefits of Permaculture design.


  • Demonstration on how to chit seeds that you have taken to check viability
  • Discussion about setting up a seed circle.
  • Seed exchange – if you have no seeds to exchange don't worry there are always plenty for all. A small donation will be welcome.
  • Heritage Seed for sale - from Thomas Etty Heritage Seed Merchant.
  • Heritage Seed Library seeds and information by donation - from the Heritage Seed Library.
  • Stalls - Transition Cambridge Food Group and Permaculture Group.
  • Cambake, artisan made seeded bread to take home
  • Tea and cakes - by Trumpington W.I.

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

Please check back here for updates about Trumpington Seedy Sunday 2013, or email us, or call Ceri Galloway C. 840602 or Susanna Colaco C. 841870.

Come along to help make it even better than Trumpington Seedy Sunday 2012


  • Cycle from west/central Cambridge: 15 mins along Trumpington St.
  • Cycle from east Cambridge: join the Busway cyclepath at the railway station. 10 mins. Pass Addenbrookes hospital on your left. Shortly after the Busway spur to Addenbrookes, exit the Busway turning right at the Foster Road Busway stop. Pass the bike shelter on your right, then follow the recently improved track between the chicken allotments and the community orchard, then bear right between the houses onto Foster Road. Turn right along Foster Road and then Paget Road to the NW corner of the estate where there is a path to Beverley Way. The Village Hall is on the left where Beverley Way meets the High Street.
  • Bus/Walk: Bus to Addenbrookes, disembarking at the back (west side) of the hospital if possible. Follow the path across the fields, across the new Addenbrookes Road and follow the Busway spur west over the bridge. Turn left along the Busway to the Foster Road Busway stop. See above for route from here. NB this section of the Busway does not operate buses on Sundays.
  • Car: close to M11 junction 11, signposted "Trumpington Park and Ride".

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

Help please

If you can, please publicise Trumpington Seedy Sunday 2013 using this poster and this flier. Thank you!

Can you help with Seedy Sunday? If you have a spare hour or two we'd love to have your help! Here's what we're looking for:

  • Sometime this week: an hour round at Ceri's to help make up seed packets
  • On the day: an hour or so of your time with the following jobs:
  • 12.30pm-1.30pm - help with set up - moving tables, putting up signs etc
  • 1.30-4pm: helpers to cover stalls and on the door collecting admission fee; help to supervise one or both of the children's seed sowing activity sessions - (2 X 20 minute sessions)
  • 4pm-4.45pm: help with packing up and clearing away.

Email Ceri if you'd like to get involved.

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