'Grow your own' event offers help to both new and experienced gardeners
Budding fruit and vegetable growers can find inspiration next month at the second annual "Graft, Sow and Grow" extravaganza, organised by National Trust and Tamar Grow Local.
The two-day event, designed for both new and experienced growers, is being staged on March 2 and 3 at the trust's Cotehele estate, near Saltash in South East Cornwall.
Cotehele's orchard officer Chris Groves said he was looking forward to talking to local growers and giving workshops on how to get plants to flourish.
"Whether you're new to cultivating your own food or an old hand at it, there will be plenty to excite and inspire you at Graft, Sow and Grow," he said. "Come and swap some seeds, exchange stories or let us show you how to graft your very own apple tree.
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"If you're looking for graft material, there will be rootstock and scions for sale – if these don't mean anything to you, there will be experts on hand to explain it all.
"A series of talks by guest speakers is planned; including 'Raised Bed Organic Gardening' by Rob Meredith from Holsworthy Organics and the 'Cut Flower Garden' by Sarah Chesters from RHS Rosemoor.
"There will also be presentations on the art of both bee and backyard-poultry keeping."
Stallholders include the Cornish Compost Company, Let Them Eat Cake, the Cornish Crisp Company and juice producers, Greenbank Apple and Karensa Aval.
The free event runs from 11am to 4pm on both days.
For more information and details, telephone 01579 351346 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cotehele.