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Woman hopes seed swap will grow on Cold Ash after first event raises money for West Berks Foodbank



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A Cold Ash woman hosted her first seed swap in the town on March 5, something she hopes will grow on the people of West Berkshire.

With around 20 attendees, the event was a humble start to what organiser Kate hopes will become a major planting event.

She said that they had raised just over £20 for West Berks Foodbank and hope that more people take an interest in gardening and discovering new seeds.

Grahame Collins, Chris Jones, Jane Geater, organiser Kate and John Rickard with their daughter Ivy, 5 at the seed swap
Grahame Collins, Chris Jones, Jane Geater, organiser Kate and John Rickard with their daughter Ivy, 5 at the seed swap

Kate said that the premise is simple: “You put your seeds down, have a rummage and then take the ones that you want.”

Despite the event being a small-scale version of the previous seed swaps she has attended in Bristol the event itself was a success with people displaying generosity and enthusiasm.

“People left donations, they left more seeds than they took so we actually have got a lot left over,” she said.

“It was a really nice opportunity for people to come and chat about this stuff. Most people who enjoy gardening, enjoy talking about it.

“You get to meet with people who have the same passion and can chat about what seeds have worked for them or just pick up something that they haven’t tried growing before.”

The next seed swapping opportunity will be at the spring show held by the Cold Ash Gardening Club on April 22.

As well as swapping seeds, there will be flower arranging, entries to a flower show and opportunities to buy hand craft sections.

Tea, cakes and a plant sale will also be available.

The event will take place at Acland Memorial Hall in Cold Ash at 2pm.



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