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GREEN-fingered locals are being urged to get involved with a seed swap this weekend.

The event, organised by Southsea Greenhouse, encourages people to trade in seeds collected from their garden or that are in a packet but have not been used.

In return, they can choose some seeds or bulbs from the organisation’s collection to get their garden ready for spring.

Sue Stokes, one of the group’s founders, said: ‘Lots of people are starting to think about planting now so we thought we’d organise a seed swap to help them increase the variety of plants they have in their garden.

‘That way, if someone has a plant that is growing particularly well then they can share it with the island, which is what the greenhouse is all about.’

Southsea Greenhouse is a community cooperative, ran by its members. Its aim is to encourage growing within the city and get shoppers to buy local produce.

Having been forced to move from its shack on the seafront due to the winter weather, it is now based inside The Pyramids Centre, Southsea, where it sells locally-grown plants organic produce, and organises the delivery of vegetable boxes.

It hopes to return to the red and white striped hut in spring before setting up a community garden in the summer.

The seed swap takes place from 12pm to 3pm today and tomorrow inside the Pyramids Centre.

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