Each year the Tree Council supports a month that they know as Seed Gathering Season – this year it runs from 23rd September – 23rd October 2018. It’s a great opportunity to get out into the countryside, or just to wander around your city’s green spaces, identifying and collecting seeds from trees and native shrubs and taking a few home to grow on. It’s great to use seeds from your local area because those seeds have been borne from local trees who are adapted, all be it in invisible ways, to growing in the area in which they are collected. There is a lot more info at www.treecouncil.org.uk.
And here at Incredible Edible we thought that it would be amazing to see just how many Incredible Edible groups collect their own seed and grow from it the following season. And then we wondered how many groups might not just be growing from their own collected seeds, but also sharing and swapping those seeds within their communities, spreading the diversity of the local seed bank and creating strains of seeds that work really well in their areas. And then of course we realised that the only way to find out all of that exciting information, in order to share it across the network and beyond, was to ask the question!
So if you, or a group you know, save your own seeds, run a seed swap, share your collected seeds out across your community or do anything else with the seeds you have saved, or around seed saving generally, we would love to hear your stories. What inspired you to start seed saving in the first place and how do you include it as a part of your project? Sharing your story might help inspire another Incredible Edible groups – just contact us with some brief details and we’ll get in touch with you. We’ll be sharing stories here and on social media.
And if you haven’t started seed saving yet, why not begin by downloading and making our seed packets for your newly collected seeds? It’s an ideal way to while away a wet weekend afternoon if you can’t get outside and is a fab excuse for an afternoon of seed saving, tea and cake. And for information about seed saving and growing from seed, head to the Growing in your street section of the Toolshed. We would love you to share your seed packets with us on social media too – either tag us on Facebook (Incredible Edible UK) or on Twitter @IncEdNetwork.
We can’t wait to hear from you…