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Seed library launched at Central Library

Community Hub and Library Assistant David Bell

Seeds are joining cracking reads at Middlesbrough’s historic Central Library.

The newly launched seed library is open to the whole community and will allow aspiring and novice gardeners to share and swap seeds and plants for free.

The new facility gives people the opportunity to take seeds and contribute any leftover seeds from home.

It’s handily situated in the ground floor lending library where there is a wealth of gardening books to help the budding grower on their green-fingered journey.

The seed library is housed in its own cabinet with colour-coded drawers packed full of fruit, vegetable, herb and flower seeds, with an index containing information on the different varieties.

Community Hub Officer Jess Christie said: “People are welcome to take any seeds they want to help them grow their own produce.

“Donations of seeds or plants are also very welcome – there are donation sheets on top of the cabinets to enable us to gather as much information about the donations as possible.

“We’ve already got a good variety of vegetable seeds and summer flowers in stock, and have just propagated cuttings from our beautiful Pleomele Reflexa ‘Song of Jamaica’ trees located in the lending library, which will be available soon as part of our plant swapping scheme.”

Councillor Stephen Hill, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive member for Culture & Communities, said: “The Central Library’s renowned for constantly developing its offer, and bringing in new audiences to one of the true jewels in Middlesbrough’s crown.

“The seed library is yet another fantastic idea, and will be an invaluable resource for newcomers and experienced gardeners and growers alike.

“It’ll be a great meeting point for like-minded folk to swap tips and hints, and will help to add a splash of colour and some tasty produce to gardens and allotments across the town.”