Swap plants and seeds

We've been swapping plants and seeds since 2008, making arrangements online and holding swap events during the year.

Online swaps

Most of the swapping activity happens through our lively Facebook group. You can offer surplus plants and seeds - ornamentals and edibles, indoor and outdoor plants - as well as other gardening stuff. You can make requests for something you're looking for, and ask to receive something being offered. The guidelines are set out below. If you don't do Facebook, come to an event.
Do join in www.facebook.com/groups/Chorltonplantswap.

Swaps at events

We usually hold a series of live swaps during the year: early spring for seed swapping, later spring for seedlings and plants, and then summer and early autumn. These are usually in Chorlton. Often we piggy-back on other events, for example festivals in local parks, or at a stall at the Makers' Market. Swap events are always listed on the Facebook group. If you are not on Facebook, do join the mailing list, or email Danielle at chorltonplantswap@googlemail.com

Guidelines for swapping as outlined on the Facebook group


About Chorlton Plant Swap Swapping plants, seeds and advice in and around Chorlton since 2008. Keep your costs down, minimise waste and fill your gardening space with bountiful edible and ornamental plants by swapping your surplus for something new.


The group is a fantastic mix of new and experienced gardeners who support each other with knowledge and ideas as well as swapping plants.


Gardening advice Everyone is welcome to ask for and give advice on looking after plants including identifying them. Whether the plants are indoor, outdoor, ornamental or edible, there is plenty of experience in the group and we love to learn from each other 


Responding to offers When asking for an item, please offer a swap in exchange. The poster may not want anything but it polity to offer. Everyone should have a fair chance, so please do not jump on all offers; admin team monitor this.


Asking for plants or seeds Please don't ask for items and say you have nothing to swap. Buy a couple of plants and seed packs to get going and you’ll soon have plants to swap. It’s easy, fun and cheap to sow seeds, take cuttings or split plants.


 Organising the swap Please comment on the post offering a plant; don’t direct message as others won’t know what’s available.

 Once a swap is agreed, use Facebook Messenger to agree when and where to swap so that addresses are not on the Facebook page.


Safe collection It’s fine to leave plants outside your house or in a porch for collection. Do label them so the recipient doesn’t take the wrong plant!  

Please maintain your own personal safety and be respectful of others when swapping, including being Covid-safe.


Condition of items Please ensure cuttings are rooted (unless otherwise agreed), and all plants are disease and pest free.

We encourage organic gardening as this is better for your plants, yourself and wildlife. Please advise if you have used chemicals on a plant before offering it (eg herbicide, pesticide, slug pellets).


Viability Admin may comment on viability of plants being offered for swaps to prevent disappointments. Eg someone offering a tomato seedling in August may not realise that it’s too late for it to grow tomatoes. Likewise, despite many weeds being attractive and useful, some are pernicious and invasive. Admin will comment to give advice, but of course it’s up to the swappers whether they want to proceed.


Geographical area for swapping The group started in Chorlton and tends to focus on a couple of miles around it. One of attractions of swapping plants locally is being mindful of the environment, so driving miles to pick up a plant isn’t ideal.


Sales and donations Please do not offer items for sale, or offer plants then ask for money.

Please ask admin if you want to use the group to receive plants for a community effort where no funds are available; or if you would like to sell plants for a specific cause.