Bristol Seed Swap is live again in 2022
Sunday 13th February 2022
between 12 and 4pm at the Trinity Centre, Bristol, BS2 0NW
Free entry or by donation
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.
As part of our speaker programme this year, Dan, Alys and Barny will discuss what this means for gardeners and growers, and for cooks and chefs at every level, and consider what we can do in our own communities and kitchens to preserve food diversity for future generations.
Dan Saladino is an author, journalist and broadcaster. He makes programmes about food for BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service.
Alys Fowler is a gardener, author and journalist, a regular contributor to the Guardian and BBC Gardener’s World.
Barny Haughton is a chef, restauranteur, and Eco-Food Pioneer. He is Founder and Director at the Square Food Foundation in Bristol where he teaches cookery.
Book Signings by Alys and Dan in partnership with Bookhaus Bristol
Dan Saladino will be signing copies of his new book ‘Eating to Extinction’.
Alys Fowler will be signing copies of her new book ‘Eat What you Grow’
Purchase your book in advance
To make sure the book you want is reserved for you, ready to be signed by Alys or Dan, you can email email@example.com to purchase your copy in advance.
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
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.
Book your arrival time here
To keep our event Covid safe we are trying to make sure people don’t all turn up at once! We’re aiming to stagger visitor numbers through the afternoon. Help us keep numbers safe by booking a ticket for your arrival time.
We won't be strict about when you leave, but please help us stop overcrowding by socialising outside once you have what you need from Seed Swap.
You can just turn up on the day, but you may have to queue to get in.
I don't have seeds to swap can I still join in?
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.
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, or simply help out on the day next time, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
To offer seeds, enquire about a stall in 2023, suggest a collaboration, or requests a speaker, or any other enquiry email Bristolseedswap@gmail.com
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.
Thanks to everyone who joined in with Bristol Seed Swap 2021
We sent seeds out to:
10 community growing projects and schools
We also sent out 50 bundles of seed packs to each of 3 food banks in Bristol and Nailsea.
The three talks for 2021 are now on Youtube, just search for Bristol Seed Swap.
or follow this link for details: