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Sustainable seed swaps at Herefordshire Libraries

Herefordshire Council’s library service has joined forces with the local Seed Swap group to encourage gardeners to share their seeds this spring.
The Seed Swap group will be holding their annual swap event on Saturday 18 February from 10am to 2pm at the Methodist hall in St Owen’s Street, Hereford. There is no entry charge and there will be stalls, talks, tool sharpening and light refreshments.
The seeds left over from this swap event will be used to seed the swaps at all of the eleven Herefordshire public libraries.

County libraries will be having seed swaps from 20 February to 5 March and people with any leftover packets of seeds or who have collected seeds from their own garden, are urged to bring them along to swap with other library users.

Anne Marie-Dossett, Herefordshire Council’s reader development librarian, said: “Libraries will have a box where you can leave your seeds and where you can choose seeds to take home.

“Seed swapping helps make gardening more affordable for everyone. More and more people are enjoying growing their own food nothing tastes better then freshly picked vegetables, and there is no better way to reduce your carbon footprint than growing food close to home.
“While people are in the library they can also check out the gardening books with a large selection to choose from. People who want to grow vegetables could borrow Grow Something to Eat Everyday by Jo Whittingham or the RHS Growing Vegetables and Herbs by Guy Barter and if they love to grow flowers they could try Gardeners World Flowers by Toby Buckland or RHS Grow your Own Flowers by Helen Yemm.

“Ross, Hereford and Leominster Libraries also have a special Green Life section, where people can find excellent books on self sufficiency and organic gardening.

“Using the library is not only good for your pocket, it is good for the planet too.,” she added.

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