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Seeds of new record are sown as 1,200 green-fingered fans grow their own

MORE than 1,200 green-fingered vegetable fans have set a new world record for the largest number of people sowing seedlings at once.

Some of the crowds at the event at Bloom in the Phoenix Park in Dublin had never sown a seed before -- however, they soon found it was child's play.

Under the supervision of Michael Kelly, founder of Grow It Yourself and a columnist with the Irish Independent Health and Living supplement, the 1,250 participants soundly beat the previous record, which was set by 904 people in Vietnam.

"We used lettuce seedlings in a little seed cup -- it's like a takeaway coffee cup -- that we had filled with compost," explained Mr Kelly.

"The idea is they can take it home with them and watch it grow."

While the plan was to break the world record, Mr Kelly said he also hoped that he had inspired people to set off on a new journey of growing their own vegetables.

"People are incredibly motivated and interested in growing your own, what with the recession and people wondering what's in their food.


"But people are really daunted and hate the Latin names.

"We want people to take that first step and give it a try," he added.

Now, documentary evidence of the record attempt will be sent to Guinness World Records and official confirmation of the new record is expected in the coming weeks.

Irish Independent