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Seed swap event a growing success

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Spring Sow and Grow Seed Swap. Pictured are L-R Jean Francis at Carrie Cort's Sussex Green Living stall.  Oak Grove College. Worthing.

W06111H14-SpringSow Spring Sow and Grow Seed Swap. Pictured are L-R Jean Francis at Carrie Cort's Sussex Green Living stall. Oak Grove College. Worthing.

AN annual spring fair and seed swap held at Oak Grove College in Worthing has been hailed a resounding success.

Around 800 people attended the event, which was opened by Worthing mayor Bob Smytherman.

The fifth annual event, which was organised by volunteers from Transition Town Worthing, featured more than 30 stalls with local food, preserves, organic skin care products and up-cycled fashion and accessories.

Local wildlife, communal energy and conservation groups were also on hand to give advice to visitors and talk about up and coming projects.

Anne Weinhold, of Transition Town Worthing, said: “From a small seed-swap event five years ago, this has grown into a 
keenly anticipated celebration of local food and gardening, hosted by local secondary school Oak Grove College.

“A definite highlight of the afternoon in the college was the seed swap stall with a large array of plant seeds, with visitors having the opportunity to buy and swap seeds collected by local gardeners and horticultural groups.”

Created from locally sourced ingredients by Oak Grove College chef Guy French, this year’s food menu included freshly caught local fish from the new Worthing sustainable-fishing ‘Catchbox’ scheme, spring lamb from the South Downs and local-grown vegetarian options.

 

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