Millennium Seed Bank
The Wellcome Trust Millennium Building is home to the Millennium
Seed Bank Project. It opened in 2000 and is an integral part of
the Wakehurst Place visitor experience, together with the Mansion
As well as providing space to store thousands of seed samples in
a large underground vault, the building includes advanced seed research
and processing facilities, and a state of the art exhibition about
Some of the diversity of UK native flora is shown in the eight
exterior parterres, which show habitats from the seashore to the
Millennium Seed Bank Project
The Millennium Seed Bank Project is an international collaborative
plant conservation initiative. This worldwide effort aims to safeguard
24,000 plant species from around the globe against extinction. It
has already successfully secured the future of virtually all the
UK's native flowering plants
The aims of the Project are to:
• Collect and conserve 10%, over 24,000 species, of the world's
seed-bearing flora, principally from the drylands, by 2010.
• Collect and conserve seeds of the entire UK native seed-bearing
flora by 2000.
• Carry out research to improve all aspects of seed conservation.
• Make seeds available for research and species re-introduction
into the wild.
• Encourage plant conservation throughout the world by facilitating
access to and transfer of seed conservation technology.
• Maintain and promote the public interest in plant conservation.
• Provide a world-class facility as a focal resource for
The UK Programme has already collected seed from over 95% of the
UK's native higher plants. This is the first time that any country
has underpinned the conservation of its flora in this way.
Continue the tour
up to: Millennium Seed Bank Zone
on to: Millennium Seed Bank Exhibition