Food Production

Do let us know if you have any ideas for events to feature local producers and local shops and we will help spread the word.

SEED SWAP   TLG’s first seed swap on National Seeds Swap Day in January 2022.   It was well supported with over 70 people coming to choose from a wide variety of vegetable and flower seeds.  Plans are being made to make this an annual gathering with seeds collected from the area and swapped with other growers each year.  How does it work?
More information from

Seed swap Jan22 logo snip
Who?  Turn Lyme Green’s seed swap – in liaison with Cultivating Change
What? Bring seeds to share with other gardeners or to find some you would love to plant
I don’t have seeds to swap, can I still join in?   Absolutely! YES!
Everyone has to start somewhere, and we want to get everyone growing.  Then saving seed and returning the following year ready to swap.

Are the seeds free? Yes! We want as many people as possible to grow food and to get into gardening generally. Money should be no barrier to doing so.

Seed swaps have arisen to help maintain heritage varieties that might otherwise become unavailable. The aim is to distribute these open-pollinated seeds freely to local gardeners to preserve local and regional varieties and to encourage growers to save seed from them and return with them to the seed swap in the following year.


We are fortunate to live in a beautiful rural area with wonderful local food produce available through independent shops and delivery services to either a drop-off point nearby or straight to our doors.  We want to support our local producers and suppliers, which are small businesses, and help them to thrive.  Here is a round-up of just a few local businesses bringing environmentally friendly, zero waste produce to our neighbourhood:

This is a friendly network of independent, small-scale ethical food producers, based in Branscombe, who believe in sustainability and providing food for the local area. The produce ranges from fresh mushrooms, kale, apples and local meats; to Lyme Bay fish, dry goods, honeys, chutneys and local sourdough bread. They make regular deliveries to Lyme Regis at a drop-off point at 15 Woodmead Road and they are now offering home deliveries as well.  You can find out more by going to their website, click here.  You can also telephone from 10am on Saturdays to 10pm on Wednesdays on 01297 680680 – for collection or delivery in Lyme Regis between 3.30pm – 6pm on Fridays.
A range of goods, from rice and pasta to soap and household refills can be ordered online from this small business based in Bridport. The ethos is that all produce must be “eco-friendly and free from pointless plastics”. At present, although there are deliveries to nearby Charmouth, they have not extended to Lyme Regis.  However, there is a click and collect option from their base on the St Michael’s Trading Estate on Friday mornings from 9.30-10.00am.  You can find out more from the website, click here.
Due to Coronavirus this zero waste shop in Bridport is not doing home deliveries, but is doing a Click and Collect service from the shop, which must be booked two days in advance.  There is a full range of pasta, lentils and rice available, plus household items such as detergent, scourers and kitchen towels. There is a range of wax wraps, coffee cups, water bottles, lunch boxes and many more items to reduce the use of single use plastic in our everyday lives.  All information is available on their website, click here.
Based in Lyme Regis, this flagship store is a Plastic Free Lyme Regis supporter and has recently been nominated for the Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) business champion award based on the following criteria:  only paper bags used; milk refill machine; refill household cleaning products, loose sale of dried food products in customer’s own containers or bags and due to install a community noticeboard!  You can buy freshly baked Sourdough bread (Tues – Sat) and artisanal pastries (Fri – Sat), local cheeses, homemade dips and soups as well as Mark Hix’s smoked salmon.  If you want to find out more about their products, please click here.  You can also telephone on 01297 443818


Love Food, Hate Waste  is an campaign adopted by Dorset County Council.  The staff involved are always interested to learn about events which they can attend with lots of information and promotional materials.