Glossopdale group launches online veg swap

Glossopdale Action for Allotments (GAFA) has launched an online exchange where gardeners can swap surpluses of their produce.

Users can post details of their excess fruit and vegetables on the forum and will receive a bulletin by email daily of the homegrown goods on offer.

Mark Alix, chairman of GAFA, who came up with the idea over two years ago, said: “The main aims are to reduce waste and to help strengthen or create new community connections by putting people in touch with one another through their gardening efforts. We hope that residents will find it a very useful tool for getting the most out of their garden at harvest time.”

The daily list of produce can also be searched by location or type of produce to identify items that a person is looking for and the closest source.

Dave Sudworth, GAFA’s website administrator, described the free service as “simple to use” and “totally secure”.

He added: “We hope to encourage people to walk or cycle to a nearby grower and swap their glut of produce for something else,.

To sign up, visit GAFA’s website at