Successful seed swap

PUBLISHED: 16:19 16 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:48 10 June 2010

THE 'seed exchange' stall launched at the farmers' market by an environmental group has proved a huge success with local people. Transition Town Exmouth (TTE), a community association raising awareness on how Exmouth can be more environmentally-friendly,

THE 'seed exchange' stall launched at the farmers' market by an environmental group has proved a huge success with local people. Transition Town Exmouth (TTE), a community association raising awareness on how Exmouth can be more environmentally-friendly, had its first 'seed exchange' stall at the farmers' market on Wednesday, October 8.The idea behind the stall was for people to take their spare plants and vegetable seeds and exchange them for different seeds provided at the stall - as a way to encourage people to grow their own food.One seed-swapper, 74-year-old Maureen Butterworth, of Exeter Road, said: "This is excellent. "Everyone is very friendly and it's great to be able to buy the plants and seeds."The free seeds at the stall were provided by various people including some from Green Way Lane allotments in Budleigh Salterton.Member Angela Ashwin said the seed stall was, in part, to encourage people to grow food locally and also as a means to raise awareness on their forthcoming events.These will include talks on the benefits of cycling and films on climate change.She said: "We have had a lot more people come along than we expected."We will definitely have another seed-swap stall at the market but probably not until December.

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