Rhayader Green Fayre
Plant Giveaway Marks Network Debut
July 11 was a big day in Rhayader, both for Green Fayre organisers, Transition Town Rhayader, and the newly forming Mid Wales Permaculture Network which ran its first stall at the event.
The day was to prove a busy one for everyone concerned: for the second year running, people converged on the town’s leisure centre from a wide area to learn about renewable energy, buy organic plants and produce, and connect with the huge range of activities and developments represented at the event, including, this year, electric bicycles in the cattle market, and a shuttle bus service to horse logging demonstrations on the Doldowlod estate.
The Permaculture Network stall was kept busy all day, answering questions, handing out information, and taking contact details. The big attraction on the stall was the large number of surplus seedlings and young plants donated by keen local growers to give away free.
The idea of free plants was quite a novelty, and served to get people to try growing something new, or growing anything at all in some cases – in tubs and window boxes if nothing else. It showed what can be achieved when surplus plants are shared around a community, and helped to pave the way for a similar event involving seeds next spring.
Many people were inspired by this generosity to give a donation to help with stall costs, and the experience was a thoroughly enjoyable one for everybody, with a lot of local knowledge being shared, and new connections being made in the community.