Programme 2020

Coming soon! We are busy working on an exciting programme of speakers for 2020

It’s the start of the gardening year! There’s so much to explore and enjoy this year:

  • Come to the Seed Swap tables to pick up open-pollinated and heritage seeds. You can swap your packets of seeds, or contribute 50p per packet
  • While you’re there, get some advice from expert seed-savers and the volunteers on the tables
  • Check out the Programme of Speakers – what questions would you like to ask at our local Gardeners’ Question Time?
  • Enjoy some children’s activities
  • Grab a tasty treat at the Infinity Café
  • Browse and shop for gardeners’ delights at the marketplacesee the full list of stallholders
  • Give us suggestions for next year and think about volunteering for Seedy Sunday 2020!

Use the map to find your way around… and have a great time!

Kate Harrison

Chair Seedy Sunday 2019

Seedy Sunday talks 2019

We have some fascinating talks at Seedy Sunday this year. All talks will take place in the Copper Café and will last 45 minutes.





11 am

Weeds as Medicine

Alice Bettany and Jessie Martelhof from The Brighton Herbalist

Join local herbalists Alice Bettany and Jessie Martelhof and be inspired about turning your weeds into medicine.  Learn about the medicinal values of common weeds and cottage garden herbs.  Take home a few simple recipe ideas which you can make yourself as food, medicine or cosmetics. 

12 noon

Wildlife Gardening

Kate Bradbury: Author of “The Wildlife Gardener”

Kate will discuss foodchains and habitat creation, especially in urban areas like Brighton. She will also talk about the garden she created in ‘The Bumblebee Flies Anyway’, to show how small spaces can be transformed into wildlife-friendly spaces. 

1 pm

Local Gardeners’ Question Time

Chaired by Alan Phillips of Brighton and Hove Organic Gardening Group

The panel will feature: Joshua the No Dig Gardener, Chris Smith from Pennard Plants and Ros Loftin, a seed saving expert.

Come with questions!

2 pm

Open Source Seeds

Adrian Ely from University of Sussex Science Policy Research Unit.

Against a background of increasing patenting of seeds and genetic resources, this talk outlines one of the responses that is emerging around the world: open source seed systems. In particular it describes the development of Bioleft, an open and collaborative system for seed innovation that has been developed by a group of organisations in Argentina.

3 pm

Stop poisoning our city! Our campaign to end the use of pesticides in Brighton & Hove

Nick Mole and Josie Cohen from Pesticides Action Network UK, and Steve Peters, the award-winning gardener at The Level

Pesticide Action Network UK will be launching their campaign against the use of pesticides in Brighton and Hove.. 

Steve Peters will discuss the ways in which he has managed to maintain The Level without pesticides for a number of years now. 

Stay in Touch

To keep up to date with Seedy Sunday, join our mailing list via the contacts link at Follow us on SundayBrighton, on Twitter @seedysundaybton and on Instagram @seedysundaybton

Making Seedy Sunday happen

Seedy Sunday would not happen without the volunteer organising committee. Thank-you for all your time, energy and good spirit.

Kate Harrison – Chair

Viv Caisey: Stalls, Venue and Outgoing Chair

Sarah Goodson – Website & Social Media

Fenella Burns – Publicity

Ros Loftin – Seed Swap Coordinator

Saskia Wesnigk – Speaker Programme

James Bradley – Treasurer

In addition we have 40+ volunteers helping to make the day run smoothly. If you would like to become a volunteer for Seedy Sunday 2020, then sign up at the website or at the Info Desk today.

A word of thanks

Thanks to all our fabulous volunteers who make the day run smoothly. We really couldn’t do it without you!

  • Everyone who donated seeds to the seed table
  • Infinity Foods for their continuing support
  • Lucid Design at for our beautiful poster and programme design
  • Josh and all the team at Brighton Dome Corn Exchange
  • Barcombe Nurseries and Ashurst Organics for distributing flyers in their veg boxes
  • Big Yellow Storage for their support
  • Cheryl and all the team at BHASVIC

See the Map

Seedy Sunday is proudly sponsored by Infinity Foods and Wholesale.

We’re very lucky to have a great relationship with the team at Infinity Foods.

They generously sponsor us every year, display our posters and give away our seed envelopes in their shop on North Road Brighton. They also run a fantastic stall at Seedy Sunday selling organic seed potatoes.