Seedy Sunday at Doldowlod
This event on March 14 was the first of its kind in the Llandrindod-Rhayader area, and attracted several dozen enthusiastic seed collectors and growers. Held in the Walled Garden at Doldowlod Estate, the day was warm and sunny, allowing full use of the large fire pit cooking area for heating the wonderful soups brought along by visitors to the Seed Swap, and everyone was able to enjoy the
wonderful space the garden provides, as well as visiting the array of seeds on offer in the polytunnel. There was a wonderful variety of vegetable, herb and flower seeds from which to choose, and even a basket of Jerusalem artichokes on offer.
Generous donations of cake helped the proceedings go with a swing, and, as well as being a great social occasion where old friends met up and new connections were made, the promised working party materialised after lunch, and there were willing hands – and feet – to help with clearing the a sunny corner for the planned seating area.
Even such a simple beginning as this to a Seed Swap tradition needs a surprising amount of input – from building and maintaining the fire - and providing dry wood for it, rustling up tables and chairs out of thin air, making the place look nice, ensuring a ready supply of hot drinks, cutlery and cups, arranging the display, making and putting up signs and an awning… Many hands make light work however, and Mid Wales Permaculture Network is indebted to RENEW for hosting the event, and Transition Rhayader and Llandrindod members for helping prepare and clean up, and most of all for coming along to support this venture, which, we hope, was the first of many in years to come.