Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall sees the seedy side of Honiton

Campaigner pops into Climate Change Week event, where people swapped seeds so they can grow their own food.

Campaigning television personality Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall saw the seedier side of Honiton - and approved - when he popped into the Mackarness Hall on Saturday.

He was a visitor at Seedy Saturday, an event organised by Transition Town Honiton (TTH) to encourage people to swap and grow seeds.

Like most of those who stayed on until the end of the morning, for the results of the raffle, Hugh had his eye on amazing fruit trees on offer.

A TTH spokesperson said: “Hugh said he was just passing by and saw our Seedy Saturday event.

“He was here for 20 minutes and left with bags full of books, veggies and plants.

“It was lovely of him to pose for a picture with our transition group.”

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The event was organised to mark Climate Week and proved a busy two hours, with lots of visitors choosing free seeds and swapping their own seeds for ones they did not have.

Children potted their own plants, while parents and grandparents enjoyed a Fairtrade cuppa and homemade cake.

Honiton Allotment Association and Honiton Garden Club were on hand with horticultural advice.

Thousands of seeds were given out, encouraging more people to beat the recession by growing their own food.

TTH would like to thank the following for their generous donations: Otter Nurseries, Homebase, Cotswold’s Seeds, Thornhayes Nursery, Tucker’s Seeds, Adam’s Apples and Tesco.

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