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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.

Seed stories from Eating to Extinction: Dan Saladino in conversation with Alys Fowler and Barny Haughton

Dan, Alys and Barny will discuss the urgent need to preserve food diversity for future generations and what this means for growers and cooks at every level.

  • 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.

Tickets coming soon – watch this space

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

Full 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.

Book your timed entry slot 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 your timeslot here.

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?

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.


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, 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 2021

We sent seeds out to:

307 individuals

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: 

Previous Speakers: Liz Zorab, Sara Venn and Diane Holness.

Is the event free?

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