About Bellingen Seedsavers

We are a group of like-minded growers of edible and useful heritage plant varieties in the Bellingen area of northeast New South Wales, Australia.

Our climate varies from frost-free coastal areas to inland river valleys and highlands with frosts. Bellingen has an average annual rainfall of 1507ml.

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Vale Irene Wallin

 Irene Wallin was one of the founders of Bellingen Seedsavers. As a member of Transition Bellingen her contribution to that group was to initiate the Bellingen Seedsavers which has continued long after the fading of the original group. With her husband David, also deceased in 2020, her tireless organisation was an inspiration to those who now guide this group.

Irene was a passionate believer in the saving of local seeds and local food production. Vale Irene.


At a Seedsavers event

"Dear, dear Irene. In your quiet way you exemplified what can be achieved when a passionate, caring person devotes themselves to fighting for what they believe in. Whether it was the beneficial fun of participating in aquarobics under Irene's expert instruction, sharing visits to the garden events through Seedsavers, or the many social justice and environmental campaigns where we stood literally shoulder to shoulder, you have been one of the special people in my life over the last twelve years. Yes today is a sad day, but so many people can reflect with gratitude and pride to have counted you as a friend. I feel your loss keenly, Irene. Rest well." Carol Vernon

With her husband David

At a seed packaging workshop.

At a Seedsavers event.

At the Seedsavers event where we thanked her for her inspirational work.

 Irene's health continued to fail after this event.

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