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The Wakehurst Seed Festival, including the Seed Swap, at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank

Following the success of our Great Seed Swap, held at Wakehurst for the last two years, this year Kew's Millennium Seed Bank is hosting the Wakehurst Seed Festival, including the Seed Swap.

Children planting seeds at The Wakehurst Seed Festival
Not just for swapping: planting seeds to take home at The Great Seed Swap 2012

Inspiring growers

Seed swaps encourage and inspire people to grow vegetables and fruit, and to experiment with different varieties, particularly heritage and traditional types that were once so important in British gardens. Gardeners are able to swap seeds from plants they have grown at home for seeds from a range of garden vegetables and flowers, grown by other enthusiasts.

Our aim is to increase awareness of the incredible diversity of food plant varieties that you can grow at home, and to encourage sharing of these varieties through the exchange of seeds.

Paul Smith, Head of Kew's Seed Conservation Department

This year

The date for 2013 is Saturday 28 September from 11am to 5pm to be held at the Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst Place, with support from Garden Organic and Brighton Seedy Sunday - keep an eye on our News and What's On pages for more information!

Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst has the largest wild seed collection in the world.

Gardeners will be able to swap seeds from plants they have grown at home for seeds from a range of garden vegetables and flowers, grown by other enthusiasts.  

 People swapping seeds at The Great Seed Swap 2012

The ever-bustling Seed Swap tables at last years GreatSeed Swap (images: Nicky Toothill) 

You don’t have to bring seeds with you to swap: seeds from allotment and community groups and specialist growers will be available for a small donation.

Experts from the Millennium Seed Bank will be sharing their expertise on saving and storing seeds, but seeds from the Seed Bank will not be used in the Seed Swap.

There will be seed suppliers, food stalls, experienced growers and local producers, along with informative talks, practical demonstrations on seed saving and storage, and behind-the-scenes guided tours.

There will also be a wealth of expert advice and information on hand to help you make the most of your own plot, whether you have a large garden, a small backyard or even just a window box.

Visitors will also be able to find out about the vital work of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank and discover how Kew is helping to safeguard the world’s most endangered plants.

Get involved - Adopt a Seed, Save a Species

We have successfully banked 10% of the world's wild plant species and we have set our sights on saving 25% by 2020.

Without plants there could be no life on earth, and yet every day another four plant species face extinction. Too often when we hear these kind of statistics there is little that we can do as individuals, but thanks to the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership and the Adopt a Seed, Save a Species campaign there is something that you can do to ensure the survival of a plant species.

Adopt a seed for just £25 | Save a plant species outright

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