The Great Hull Seedswap Event Saturday 1 February

Hull Seed Swap
Saturday 1st February 2014, 12noon-4pm
Freedom Centre
Preston Road
Seed Swap Poster
Building on the success of the local Green Prosperity and Food 360 projects, which work to help people to become more self-sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint, plans have now been finalised for Hull’s first Seed Swap event.

The aim is to encourage local individuals, families and community groups to get together to benefit from free growing talks and workshops, and to share seeds, information and resources for their mutual benefit.

Groups and individuals from across Hull are encouraged to come along to enjoy talks from an exciting line-up of famous gardening experts from around the country, including top florist Dr Rachel Petheram, currently featuring on BBC2’s Great British Garden Revival, founder of the worldwide Incredible Edible movement Mary Clear, and Sheena Cooper from the Secret Seed Society, an inspirational organisation who get children enthused about growing and cooking vegetables. There will also be a ‘homemade takeaway’ cookery demo and a speaker from the Beverley Beekeepers Association, amongst others.

In addition, hundreds of varieties of seeds will be available at the event to swap or to take away for a small donation.
There will also be an outdoor market where a diverse array of traders will be showcasing the very best local produce, which will be available to sample and purchase throughout the day.

On the first floor of the Freedom Centre children and families will be able to enjoy fun crafts and seed art activities.
The event, including admittance to all talks and workshops is completely FREE, and so we are hopeful that residents of East Hull and gardeners from across the city and beyond will turn out to support the event.

It is our intention that this will be the first of an annual event that will be hosted by a different organisation each year, to encourage increased collaboration and cohesiveness amongst Hull’s many fantastic growing projects.

Organiser Bryony Macfadyen said of the event ,”Having been inspired by seed swaps elsewhere in the country, I thought it would exciting to bring the idea back to Hull. I hope it will be a great day for sharing seeds and ideas and helping our communities to grow.”


EMS Ltd who are the lead partner in the Big Lottery funded Green Prosperity project have been very busy visiting residents and providing them with energy monitors free of charge. Residents are also provided with practical advice and support on energy saving measures so they can reduce the amount of energy they use and save themselves some money.

Andy Rees the Volunteer Coordinator for the Green Prosperity Project has fitted the bulk of the monitors and said:  “I have come across a number of different meter box setups but fortunately all the monitors have been successfully installed and residents given a range of advice and support so they can really think about the amount of electricity they use in their homes.

I have also sat with a number of residents and looked an energy price comparison websites and some have saved over £250 a year, which is amazing.”

Residents who live in the Longhill or Southcoast East wards can call to arrange for a free monitor to be installed by call the Green Prosperity Offices on:  01482 710177

First energy monitor being installed at Craven Lea Community House

First energy monitor being installed at Craven Lea Community House

Minibeast Den at Archbishop Sentamu Academy

EMS Staff as part of the Big Lottery funded Green Prosperity Project and pupils of Archbishop Sentamu Academy’s Eco Club have been working hard to build their very own minibeast den.

The aim of the den is to attract the habitation of invertebrates such as annelids (worms), molluscs (snails) and arthropods (spiders, centipedes, woodlice, beetles etc).   To encourage this the Eco Club used pallets and layers and filled them with soil, leaves, bark and moss.

Andy Steele from EMS Ltd said: “The day went very well with the pupils working extremely hard to ensure that the minbeasts had a fantastic new habitat and the finished product is credit to them.”