EVENT NOW POSTPONED TO 12 MAY DUE TO WEATHER. MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW.
Free goods for the house and garden will be up for grabs in Penrith on Saturday 3 March as the annual Freegle Give and Take with Seedy Saturday returns.
Books, music, films, clothes, toys, electrical and kitchenware are all likely to be among the household goods changing hands. With springtime just around the corner, gardening will be a big focus for the event.
Penrith’s community gardeners are busy planting up flowers and sorting seeds to give away, while households across Eden are spring cleaning and boxing up items they don’t need any more.
“It’s always an amazing sight on the morning of the event to see cars arriving loaded up with all sorts of goods to be given away free,” said Chris Cant from Penrith and Eden Freegle. “People are generous with passing on unwanted items to others in their community who can put them to good use. And, of course, they benefit from clearing some clutter and perhaps taking home some items that will be useful to them.”
“Last year, we had everything from fruit trees to summer bulbs and tools to give away, and we’re hoping for a bumper crop of gardening goodies this time,” said Joan Robinson, one of the team of community gardeners whose quirky plantings are enjoyed across the town.
Joan and her knowledge team of volunteers will be on hand to offer tips on growing plants and food. Anyone interested in reducing their household waste and making compost to use in their garden will be able to see the composters and digesters available at a much reduced price from Recycle Cumbria. Judith Bradshaw from Cumbria County Council, which is funding the event, will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate how they work.
The event runs from 10am to 1pm at the Eden Arts Old Fire Station, with more details at www.penrithedenfreegle.org.uk/events.