Kew is taking part in the 'Big Give Christmas Challenge'

This year, Kew is taking part in the 'Big Give Christmas Challenge', a campaign to encourage philanthropic giving by matching a donors’ gift. Effectively your donation to the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership could be doubled! We need to raise £50,000 for next year’s seed collecting trips, as well as expanding our work on using existing collections. Please note: This campaign ran from 6 to 19 December 2012 and has now finished.

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09 Nov 2012

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Photo: Transporting seedlings in buckets for community planting in Malawi

Transporting seedlings for community planting in Malawi, part of a Millennium Seed Bank Partnership project

Sir David Attenborough

Photo: David Attenborough at Kew Gardens

Sir David Attenborough has described the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership as ’perhaps the most significant conservation initiative ever’.

Double your donation

At 10am on 6 December, we'll be asking our supporters to donate to Kew's 'Big Give Christmas Challenge' and help us raise £50,000 for the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership (MSBP).

The great thing about the 'Big Give' is that your donation could be doubled! 

If we can secure £25,000 in online donations in December, from supporters like you, we will be able to claim our matching pledges, raising the total of £50,000 for MSBP - what a great Christmas present that would be!

Banking and sharing the world’s seeds

By storing seeds we can prevent plant species from going extinct and reintroduce useful plants to different habitats around the world. Collections are being made available to support:

  • Kew’s projects addressing global food security
  • restoration of degraded habitats and re-introduction of threatened and extinct species
  • the livelihoods of some of the poorest communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America
  • scientific research advancing our understanding of the practical uses of plant species

Impact of the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership

We have already safeguarded seed from over 10% (31,000 species) of the world’s plants. Talking about this achievement, Dr Paul Smith, Head of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank said:

“this is not just about the seventy scientists in the MSBP facility here in the UK. This is about literally thousands of scientists around the world working within this technical network, all of them with different expertise.

Take, for example, an African fruit tree that has always been collected from the wild; people like it because it tastes good, it’s nutritious, and it doesn’t require fertiliser, pesticides or irrigation - but they don’t know how to grow it. You pop the seeds from the fruit in the soil: nothing will happen.

What the MSBP does is take the seed of that plant species, and work out how we can get maximum germination, what we call a germination protocol. We then pass on that methodology to our African tree seed partners, and they can supply that species to African farmers.

So villagers can now plant the seeds in the soil and get maximum germination – every seed sown grows into a fruit tree. That’s the way that science, in the white coat sense, makes a difference to something like food security in the real world.” 

Your donation will save plant species

We already have pledges from an anonymous generous supporter and our 'Big Give Charity Champion', ICAP, so come 10am on 6 December, please make your donation here:

  • Kew on the Big Give
  • Please note: Only donations from 10am on 6 December will be matched, so make a note of the date and time.

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1 comment on 'Kew is taking part in the 'Big Give Christmas Challenge''

alitex says

26/11/2012 12:15:12 PM | Report abuse

feels like a gift which will keep on giving to future generations - a bit more effective than a new woolly scarf!

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