The Borrowers Joins Climate Week With Free Veg Seeds
Climate Week begins next week, Britain’s biggest campaign against climate change, culminating in a week of activities that every sector of society can participate in.
Half a million people attended 3,000 events at the first Climate Week last year, in Britain’s biggest ever environmental occasion. Events were run by schools, businesses, charities, councils and many others.
In a bid to encourage people to become more sustainable, as well as saving money and getting fit, The Borrowers are hosting their own Climate Week event by launching their 2012 Dig ‘n’ Devour Campaign. They’re offering 100′s of free packets of veg seeds to encourage people to dig, plant and then devour some good home-grown vegetables without the need for pesticides and packaging. Participants can also enter a competition to win a signed copy of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Cookbook.
South West based Director of The Borrowers, Lynn Bunniss, said “With the cost of vegetables spiralling ever upwards and the likelihood of the UK heading for a double-dip recession, one of the things we can all do is grow a few vegetables – even if it’s just a small pot on the window sill. We’re offering beetroot, leeks, parsnips, carrots and courgettes to get people started”.
The Borrowers was created as a result of Lynn recently searching for an allotment to grow her own veg and un-earthing (pun intended!) a 100,000-long list of people throughout the UK waiting for a plot to become available. She set up the website www.theborrowers.co.uk to give people an opportunity to advertise their spare gardens and land but it soon developed into a place to advertise all manner of things to rent out, share with other people or exchange for something else.
“We have all sorts of things on the website from a karaoke machine to a wedding dress, a driveway to a set of golf clubs, unused cooking pots and ponies for sharing. It saves people a fortune by borrowing instead of buying new and gives others an opportunity to earn a few extra £’s in these difficult times.”
To join The Borrowers’ campaign and take part in Climate Week, claim your two free packets of veg seeds per postal address by registering with www.theborrowers.co.uk. Once your account is activated, send your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Dig and Devour Campaign 2012″ and you’ll receive your seeds within 7-10 days. (Open to UK residents only)
Along with The Borrowers, other supporters of Climate Week include names such as David Cameron, Sir Paul McCartney, Sienna Miller, Marcus Brigstocke and Paloma Faith. More details can be found on www.climateweek.com.