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Avebury House, 9 Eveleyn Couzins Avenue
Look for us outside in the main carpark area (look for the Southern Seed Exchange banner).
If wet, we will be inside one of the rooms in Avebury House (look for signs from the main door entrance).

AGM at 2pm
Please come along to have your say, or find out how to help our heritage seed lines to flourish and remain.

Spring Seed and Plant Swap 3pm - 4.30pm

Unfortunately the SSE has been reduced to a very small group of volunteers carrying out the tasks of the club, and only two of these volunteers actually live in Christchurch where the seed shed is located. Therefore, updating the online seed database and filling seed orders is taking much longer than usual. We apologise for any inconvenience. Our annual AGM will be held shortly to discuss this issue (which everyone is most welcome to attend).
Please note that seed ordered between 22 July to 18 August will not be processed until the weekend of 24/25 August. The SSE is a club run by a very small group of volunteers and the seed packer will be away for 3 weeks. We apologise for the delay and for any inconvenience.

The following are seed lines that we either have none left or are reaching critically low/old age levels:

There are now no soybean seeds left
#895 Brown Soybean
#817 Chinese Soybean
#900 Lammers Black
#819 March Soybean
#818 Maypole Soybean.

Broad beans seed lines that have disappeared or are getting critical low:
#172 Beryl
#700 Carter's Local
#521 Coles Prolific
#165 Crimson Flowered
#886 El Beano
#414 Lances
#402 Malcolm Watts
#349 Okuku
#377 Red
#374 Scottish
#345 Seven Oaks
#116 Sutton

If anyone has any spare seed to return then please post it in.

At our new premises: Avebury House, 9 Eveleyn Couzins Avenue
We'll be set up with a table outside the shed in the carpark area (look for the Southern Seed Exchange banner). If wet, we will be inside one of the rooms in Avebury House (look for signs from the main door entrance)

Seed swaps are a great way to meet and swap seeds and plants with other gardeners. All sorts of seeds and plants turn up on the day. If you don’t have anything to swap but would like to take away some seeds/plants then a gold coin donation would be welcome.

Due to break-ins at the existing seed shed, the Southern Seed Exchange has moved its seed stock to a temporary site kindly offered by Avebury House, next to the Richmond Community Garden until a more suitable shed is built or site found.

We have had a series of vandalism events at our seed shed! One wall has been painted with graffiti and the door jimmied open twice. The thieves took the seeds of flowers, herbs, and the Solanaceae collection that contained chillies, cape gooseberry and tomatillo.

SPRING SEED SWAP
Saturday 8th September, 2pm to 3.30pm, held in the tunnel house at 35 Hassels Lane, Waltham, Christchurch (the former Seven Oaks School site). Look for the arrows to follow from the carpark to the tunnel house. Entry is by gold coin donation.
Please bring any surplus seeds or plants for the swap table. (It is not necessary to bring anything).

AGM

Please note that seed ordered from 23 July to 19 August may not be packed and posted to you until the weekend of 25/26 August. The SSE is a club run by a very small group of volunteers and the seed packer will be away most of that time. We apologise for the delay and for any inconvenience.
The seed stock list has been updated. Thanks to the splendid efforts of 6 members who helped measure, catalogue and label returned seed. Thanks too to those members who returned seed to restock the seed shed (Robert B, Karlene H, Brian A, Sue B, Ross L, Kevin H, Claire M, P Broady, Stephen C, James M, Marina S, Koanga Institute, Dave E, Andy S, Luke B, Frank L, Faye T, Annemarie B, Adrian v d T, Sheryl J, Sharon G, Marion C). - Sharon