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Kew's UK Native Seed Hub

The UK Native Seed Hub aims to enhance the resilience and coherence of the UK's ecological network by increasing the quality, quantity and diversity of native wild flower plants and seeds available for conservation and habitat restoration.

 

Photo of bee on Succisa pratensis flower

Succisa pratensis (devil’s bit scabious) is a key difficult restoration species. Seven wild seed collections from Cornwall, Sussex and Kent are available from Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank.

    We do this by:

    • providing high quality UK native plant material for conservation and habitat restoration

    • supporting UK native seed and plant producers, conservationists and others through the provision of training, technical advice and research

    • building awareness and demand for best practice habitat restoration and conservation using high quality UK native plant materials

     

    Photo of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank

    Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, surrounded by wild flower meadows, holds 94% of UK native plant species in its vaults.

    The UK Native Seed Hub makes more than 700 collections of quality-tested seed held in the Millennium Seed Bank available for conservation and habitat restoration in the UK.

    Seed is available for genuine conservation or restoration use only, in quantities from 100 to 100,000s of seed.

     

    Request SEED

     

    You must read and adhere to our 
    UK Native Seed Hub licence agreement.

     


    Expert services

     

    Photo of seed collection in meadow

    Seed harvesting is carried out by single species hand collection or mixed bulk harvesting. Seed is processed, viability-tested and stored to international standards.

    We offer a range of specialist services to support all those interested in the use of native plants in UK conservation, biodiversity enhancement and habitat restoration activities.

    Our support ranges from seed harvesting, vegetation surveying and appropriate planting specifications to seed processing and storage.

    Our consultancy services

    Adopt a seed

    Help Kew's Millennium Seed Bank protect the future of the world's plants by adopting a seed for as little as £25.

    Dimorphotheca nudicaulis seeds

    Experience the Millennium Seed Bank

    Visit us at Wakehurst and witness seed conservation in action.

    Guests at an evening drinks reception at the Millennium Seed Bank