Natural Fibres – Ancient & Modern – a talk with Simon Cooper, Flaxland UK


Frome Town Council

Christchurch Street West, Frome, BA11 1EB

Frome, England, GB, BA11 1EB

A unique opportunity to learn all about flax – a plant that is used for food, fibre and industry – in this free talk.

Flax is one of our oldest crops – the fibre from its stem can be spun into the finest of linens for lace, or woven for clothing, sails and to the strongest of natural ropes.

The ancients recognised the therapeutic value of flax seed, oil from its seed, rich in omega 3, have many nutritional and industrial uses.

As clothing, in industry and for food, flax is playing an increasing role in the present day quest for natural sustainable living.

Flowering blue fields of flax not only look most beautiful, they live up to a translation of their Latin name, ‘line most useful’, Linum Usitatissimum.

This talk by Simon from Flaxland UK will cover:

  • How we became flax growers
  • The maritime and fishing heritage
  • History of flax growing and production
  • Challenges and rewards of returning to natural fibres
  • Present state of flax growing in UK and worldwide
  • Nutritional, industrial and new uses of flax based products.

There will be time for questions too!

Frome Town Hall, Christchurch St West

Frome, BA11 1EB

The talk is upstairs in the council chamber

Full disabled access, lift and toilet

Parking: There is some disabled parking at the rear of the Town Hall. Please allow plenty of time to park if you’re driving as you need to park on the street or in near by car parks.

This talk has been organised and supported by: Sewing The Seeds Frome, The Frome Food Network and Future Shed Frome.

It is supported by Green & Healthy Frome, a partnership programme focused on climate and health, funded by the National Lottery’s Climate Action Fund.

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