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Sunday 12th February 2023
Trinity Centre, BS2 0NW

The 2023 Bristol Seed Swap will be at The Trinity Centre, we have a whole new line up of speakers, more stalls, our ever popular cafe and this year there will be a kids' area again. There will not be a booking system this year and tickets will be allocated for the speakers on a first come first served basis.



Bristol Seed Swap brings people together to exchange seeds, promote food growing and gardening and encourage resilience in our food system.


Take what you need, give what you can: Bring your own seeds to exchange or give a cash donation.

What can I expect at Bristol Seed Swap?

  • Seed Tables - where you can browse to choose the seeds you need

  • Speakers  - hear from experts on seed saving, food resilience, gardening and more

(2023 programme here )

  • Stalls  - selling plants, seeds, 'green' goods and promoting organisations with a growing or ethical theme

  • Food  - a wonderful pop-up cafe serving fabulous drinks and cake

  • Information - about local growing projects, and how to get growing

  • People - lots of friendly and happy volunteers and visitors

Free Entry and Seeds!

We want as many people as possible to grow food and to get into gardening generally. Money should be no barrier to doing so. 

Donations for entry and for seeds are welcome if you can afford it - it is entirely at your discretion, no one is going to ask you about it.

Bristol Seed Swap Events are self funding and run entirely by volunteers. Next year's event depends on this year's breaking even.

I don't have seeds to swap can I still join in?

Absolutely YES!

Everyone has to start somewhere, and we want to get everyone growing - whether you have a window box, a small Bristol front garden or are on the waiting list for an allotment.

For next year, please try saving some seeds to bring to the Seed Swap. Find out how on our Seedy Stuff pages.

What do I need to bring?

  • SEEDS - to add to the Seed Tables if you have any, these can be spare shop bought seeds or ones you have saved yourself.FRIENDS and NEIGHBOURS - tell the gardeners in your life about the Swap, some people are just too busy growing things to look at social media - we find it hard to reach them with publicity.​

  • ​CASH - for donations, though we can now take Paypal too.

  • WARM CLOTHES - you may have to queue for a while.

Become a Seed Guardian

Become a Seed Guardian for Bristol Seed Swap. Sign up to save some seeds for us and our volunteers will support you through the year. More details to be confirmed soon.


PayPal donations

We welcome donations, but they are entirely at your discretion and only if you can afford it. If you are skint, volunteering with the Seed Swap or learning how to save seeds for us is another way to 'give back'.


Volunteer at Bristol Seed Swap

If you’d like to get involved with organising Bristol Seed Swap 2023, or simply help out on the day next time, please email


General Enquiries

To offer seeds, enquire about a stall in 2023, suggest a collaboration, or requests a speaker, or any other enquiry email


Keep in touch

​To receive details of future events including next year’s Seed Swap plus relevant workshops or talks.  Our mailing list is low traffic and informative, we certainly won't be flooding your inbox. 

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Thanks to everyone who joined in with Bristol Seed Swap 2022

Is the event free?

How to save seeds from "easy" vegetables and wild flowers Bristol’s well loved permaculture activist, Mike Feingold will be talking about how to save seed and why this is important. Mike has been at the centre of Bristol’s practical permaculture community for many years. He runs a thriving community orchard at Royate Hill, where he also has his own allotment.

Mike teaches on the Shift Bristol permaculture course and co- ordinates large teams of volunteers every year to run practical permaculture areas at festivals including Glastonbury Festival.

He’s also involved in redistributing unwanted food to communities in need across the city.

Mike’s talk will focus on seed saving from ‘easy’ vegetables, as well as saving wild seed. He’ll also touch on the politics of seed saving.

Mark De'Lisser

Often taking inspiration from the natural environment, poet Mark De’Lisser weaves words that explore the ever shifting tides of the human experience. 


Born in London and now settled in Bath, Mark has written professional commissions for the Bath Abbey and Roots Allotment, and regularly collaborates with musicians.

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