In partnership with Garden Organic's Heritage Seed Library we have developed a growing network of Seed Guardians growing and conserving endangered heritage varieties of vegetables.
So far varieties such as Salford Black runner bean, pea Timperley Wonder and tomato Clibran's Victory have all been grown to bulk up seed stocks. Many of these varieties taste amazing, grow fantastically and have fascinating stories to tell.
In 2015 we recreated a WW1 allotment as part of the First World War centenary commemorations. On the allotment we grew varieties used during the war years 1914-1918 and once a month visitors were able to meet WW1 allotmenteers in costume who demonstrated wartime growing techniques.
We are looking for people who:
- Are interested in growing heritage varieties and collecting seed from them (you don't need a big garden for this even a yard will do!)
- Are interested in spreading the word or helping our team to look after the heritage plants growing at the Hall's gardens
- Knows of any varieties that are known to have been grown in the region in the past; or perhaps know any sites e.g. 'Timperley Early' rhubarb or 'Clibran's Victory' tomato for many years, or perhaps you have a pea that has been grown in your family for generations that may not be named bit has a history in your family.