Bristol Seed Swap

The Seed Swap has gone through several ‘generations’ of organisers over the last 20 years. We currently have a team of 6 with a second ring of volunteers who have now come to help at the Swap or sorting seeds over the years.

The organisers and volunteers all do this for free because we believe it is important to keep seeds and food production in the hands of the many, not just in the control of a few huge agricultural businesses.

We are losing huge numbers of seed varieties from all sorts of crops, in Britain and globally, as growers are persuaded to spend money on mainstream catalogue seeds. These are often less appropriate to regional conditions, are dependant for good crops on chemical inputs and are less resilient to variable weather. F1 seeds also remove the option of saving your own seeds as they will not breed true. GMO seeds are often patented so it is illegal to save them.

We pay the speakers an (insufficient) fee, as we believe it is important to show respect for the knowledge and effort of our growing experts and society’s shaker-uppers.

Would you like to join us?

If you share our aims and have some time we would love to have a bigger group of people to make sure the Bristol Seed Swap keeps going, and were it possible we would love to expand into a more educational role during the rest of the year, teaching people how to save seeds. If you are interested, talk to one of us at the Seed Swap or email brisseedswapvols@gmail.com.

The Bristol Seed Swap is a great community event 

– Share & take away diverse & interesting seeds
– Learn about seed saving, green issues, growing & local projects
– Get expert advice from knowledgable & friendly gardeners!
– Learn about seed and land issues, local projects and ideas for making the most of your allotment or garden.
– Network, have fun & of course eat amazing CAKE!

 2019’s programme, 2020’s to be confirmed

  • Talks 
    *Saving Seeds – Tim Foster well respected local gardener, teacher & author!
    *Designing edible spaces Niels Corfield, local grower and expert in urban productive gardening.
    *Seed saving – Fred Groom of Vital Seeds, a new, independent seed company in Devon
    *Grow your own mushrooms with Upcycledmushrooms
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!! From novices gardeners to expert growers or even just those a tad intrigued Bring your seeds., friends, family, kids & good cheer!
SEEDS GALORE- This years event is earlier in the year than usual – so tomatoes & chillis as well as an amazing array of seeds will be great to bring, takeaway & get growing early in the season!
Diverse range of seeds to share/take- from our bank of seeds gratefully donated by Heritage Seed Library, Tamar Organics, Seeds of Italy and the Bristol Botanic Garden & others – as well as all those brought by yourselves and many a keen local grower/ gardener/seed savers!
ANY KEEN BAKERS? PLEASE DO BRING A CAKE TO DONATE to the cafe – doing this helps secure next years event – many thanks!
– Wildflower plants for sale from FeedBristol/AWT, fruit trees, Zero Green waste free shopping and many more stalls
– Delicious Cake, refreshments & snacks!
Please invite & share the event & posters with your friends, colleagues & networks & put the date in your diary!
Bristol Seed Swap is free to attend, please help support the event by spreading the word, bringing seeds, leaving a donation (if you can) & buying something delicious from our cafe!  Thank you!Seed tables