We're buying a Seed Bank to Green Up Farnham...

Updated: Oct 26

...and increase biodiversity in our town.

On November 1st we'll be placing a lockable seed bank at Farnham Maltings, for people to swap and share their shop-bought or home-grown seeds.


To celebrate, we'll be holding a launch event at the Maltings reception area, at 10:30am, where we'll be on hand to explain how the seed bank works. We'll also be giving away free packets of wildflower seed oddballs, to scatter now for beautiful blossoms next spring.


Most importantly though, we're excited because through sharing seeds we can encourage more people to try their hand at gardening, to increase the growth of vital habitats and food sources for flying insects. This is crucial because not only is the UK one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world, [1] but the numbers of flying insects here have plummeted almost 60% in the last 17 years. [2]


How will the seed bank work?

Detailed information on how the seed bank will operate can be found on our seed bank page, but we're working on the basis that it will run on an honesty system. This is where when users take seeds, they will replace them (with the same or different seed species).


Initially, the seed bank will stocked with donations from Farnham Community Farm and Guildford Seed Bank, huge thank you to both companies, whom we'll be collaborating with. We might even host community meet ups with each company moving forward, so watch this space for more info.


In the meantime, we can't wait to get this project going and help our struggling wildlife. If you'd like to work with us on this, or any other project, please get in touch.


References

  1. https://www.wwf.org.uk/future-of-UK-nature

  2. https://www.buglife.org.uk/news/bugs-matter-survey-finds-that-uk-flying-insects-have-declined-by-nearly-60-in-less-than-20-years/


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