12 Days of Christmas (8): Buy a Seed Christmas Appeal

7th December 2015

Elf hatWith the silly season upon us and thoughts turning to Christmas gifts we thought a few hints from the green Christmas elf wouldn’t go astray!  Over the next 12 days we will posting some Christmas gift ideas that are a little greener, useful, and perhaps more giving than what you might find on the High Street.

Of course, you will all have plenty more ideas – so please share these with us.

The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens launched its Christmas Appeal on December 1st (on international “Giving Tuesday”) to support the charity’s work with volunteer groups in some of the UK’s most deprived areas.

They are calling the appeal ‘Buy a Seed, Grow a Community’. Twenty percent of the price of special collections from seed suppliers Kings Seeds will go directly to their work with community gardening groups and city farms, which provide vital services to their local communities. These local groups allow people access to a bit of green space where they can grow their own food, get some exercise, learn new skills, make new friends or just relax in peace.

The Federation, which celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2015, supports hundreds of these groups – from small community gardens through to large city farms – meaning that thousands of volunteers and up to three million visitors a year reap the benefits.

Chief executive of the Federation Jeremy Iles said: “We are calling on people to get their hands dirty by supporting our appeal this year. Their money will help us provide vital services and advice to grass roots groups, often in very deprived areas of the UK, which do so much to make their local communities better, healthier places to live”.

“We thought what better way to do this than giving people the opportunity to buy some seeds and help build better communities with an oasis of green space right at the heart of them. It’s the perfect gift for gardeners among friends and family.”

Three discount seed collections are available as part of the appeal:

Stocking FillerThe Stocking Filler Collection – a small salad-based collection of seed packs, normally £9.25 but available for just £5.  To order: The Stocking Filler Collection (£5)

The Festive Flavour Collection – a herb collection, which would normally cost £14.25, but is on offer at just £8.  To order:  The Festive-Flavour Collection (£8)

The Sleigh Full Of Veg Collection – a bumper crop of vegetables and salad items that would usually cost £25.25, but is on offer at £15.  To order: The Sleighfulful of Veg Collection (£15)