Over six months I collected 100 stories about people’s connections to and relationships with plants in Stonehouse, Plymouth. These were sourced from across the community including sheltered housing, on street interviews, shop holders, a homeless hostels and from community groups and events. Plants were also included that are important in the natural history and biodiversity of the area. Seeds and cuttings of these plants were sourced as a portable community resource and a celebration of diversity. The seeds and stories were displayed at a large community event in October 2014 and the seeds are available free to anyone who wants to grow. This work was commissioned by Take A Part & Stonehouse Timebank.
The Seedstore contains a catalogue of stories, seeds and their viability and seed packets for participants to keep or swap. The Seedstore is cared for by Stonehouse Timebank and evolves over time, being accessible in the Stonehouse Action community shop at Union Corner and at different public events. As well as being out and about in Stonehouse the Seedstore has been part of a Symposium on Art & Climate Change at Plymouth Art Centre and a seed workshop at Plymouth University as part of Growing Futures.