Seedy Sunday Talks Programme 2014

All talks (except Bob Flowerdew) take place in The Founders Room, off the Dome café area, across the foyer from where you enter the hall. All talks are free and will include a short Q&A session. Please keep an eye on noticeboard around the venue or listen for announcements on the day in case of any last minute changes to the programme.  (Bob Flowerdew’s talk at 2pm will take place in the café area, to allow for anticipated high demand.)

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11.00 ‘Sussex apple trees – a Stanmer collection’. 

Peter May from Brighton Permaculture Trust talks about their collection of Sussex varieties of apple trees at Stanmer Park. The collection has recently been designated a National Collection and illustrates the importance of preserving local varieties of fruit and vegetables.


11.45 ‘Saving our Bumblebees’

University of Sussex Biology Professor with a specialism in Bumblebees and author of ‘A Sting in the Tale’, Dave Goulson talks about the importance of bumblebees as pollinators of crops and wildflowers, the threats that they face in the modern world and what we can all do to help them.


12.30  ‘How to Sow a Seed’

This session was so popular last year we’re delighted to bring it back. Local gardener and garden writer Steve Bustin offers an informal introduction to basic sowing and growing for beginners (or those feeling a little rusty). He’ll look at how to sow, when to sow (and when not to sow) to get your growing season off to a great start.


1.15 ‘Moulescoomb Forest Garden – a success story’

Long time friend of Seedy Sunday Warren Carter will tell the story of Moulescoomb Forest Garden, a community and education focused garden project in Moulescoomb, including how it bounced back from a fire that destroyed it’s teaching space and much equipment, to be bigger and better than ever.


2.00  Bob Flowerdew: Organic Gardening

One of the UK’s foremost proponents of organic gardening and a regular panellist on Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time, Bob will be talking about organic gardening – why it’s better for us and our planet and why it’s about so much more than not using chemicals.


3.15pm  Seedy Sunday Gardeners’ Question Time

Your chance to have all your gardening questions answered by our panel of four experts including Chris Pennard from Pennard Plants, Paul Edulis from Edulis Nursery, Ruth Urbanowic, the award winning organic gardener from Brighton and Hove Organic Gardening Group and Julia Behrens, Brighton based herbal consultant and practitioner. The panel will be chaired by Seedy Sunday stalwart Alan Philips.

This page was added on 19/01/2014.
Comments about this page

is it the first sunday in february? why am i having to guess?

By Fay Green
On 30/01/2013

Thanks Fay - all the details are on the homepage of the website - click on the logo in the top left corner of any page to get there!

By Seedy Sunday
On 31/01/2013

Why are 'Garden Organic/Chase Organics' having a stall at this event when in their catalogue they do some 95 varieties of F1 hybrid seeds ?? This sort of event is about encouraging seed-saving. It is against F1 Hybrid seed.

By Clovis Patten
On 29/01/2014

Hi Clovis - Sorry to take a few days to reply to this. The Organic Gardening Catalogue do indeed sell some organic F1 hybrid seeds (and yes, F1s can be organic) but they do not sell them at Seedy Sunday, as they know that as an event we do not welcome or encourage them.

By Seedy Sunday
On 29/01/2014

Chase Organics are a small organic company who have been at the forefront of promoting organic growing for almost a century. We have worked in close partnership with and supported the national charity for organic growing Garden Organic for the past 20 years. We sell over 500 varieties of organic seed and yes, these do include some F1 hybrids. We whole heartedly encourage seed saving and the preservation of open pollinated seed varieties for future generations. We also recognise that not everyone wishes or is able to save their own seeds and that some organic growers will continue to choose the varieties that best suit their growing conditions and increase their chances of a successful crop. This will be our very first time at Seedy Sunday and we’re very much looking forward to being a part of it. Be assured that all of our seeds at the event will be organic, open pollinated varieties and we look forward to meeting everyone!

By The Organic Gardening Catalogue
On 30/01/2014

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