Big swap will sow late stalwart’s seeds

Richard Clare, ediculturalist.
Richard Clare, ediculturalist.
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Green-fingered garden enthusiasts are gearing up for a big Sheffield community event.

Grow Sheffield, a not-for-profit organisation which raises awareness of the benefits of growing, harvesting and sharing food, is to host its annual seed swap next Saturday, February 22.

The event invites residents from across the city to Heeley City Farm for a day celebrating the grow-your-own ethos.

Organisers have promised a range of ‘weird and wonderful’ seeds, with horticulturists encouraged to carry out trades.

There will also be seeds on offer to first-time growers.

This year’s event will be especially poignant, as Grow Sheffield pays tribute to community stalwart Richard Clare.

Seeds left behind by the passionate ediculturalist, who passed away last April, will be taken home and sown by attendees.

Stephen Watts, of Grow Sheffield, said: “We’re going to have a massive assortment. We tell people how to grow herbs and salad leaves which can be expensive to buy in shops.

“Before Richard died in April, he left a legacy of YouTube videos for people to watch which outline his course structure on the theory of organic horticulture.

“We feel there are still many people who will benefit enormously from the vision Richard had for local food growing and organic culture, and his teachings will continue to bear fruit over the years.”

The seed swap will take place from noon until 3pm.