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LOCKDOWN GROWTH: Newcastle Seed Library bursting with variety

Generous donations from gardeners across the region during the lockdown means that the Newcastle Seed Library is now bursting with variety.

Since it was launched in October 2020 through an community partnership with Newcastle Libraries, enthusiastic locals have been able to borrowing and donate seeds via the innovative program.

“Gardening has become a popular pastime throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns, with vegetable gardens flourishing in the backyards of homes throughout the nation,” City of Newcastle Manager Libraries & Learning Suzie Gately said.

“There are so many benefits to gardening, including improved health and wellbeing, and the opportunity to live more sustainably by eating fresh produce straight from your own garden.

“Over 1,200 seed packets have been borrowed since the seed library first opened, as locals have embraced the opportunity to borrow seeds for free, teach children about the life cycle of plants and learn how to save seeds.”

The Newcastle Seed Library is a free service and available to all members.

Seeds can be borrowed from the Digital Library and Lambton Library when it reopens later this year and seed donations can now be made at any Newcastle Libraries branch.