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Millennium Seed Bank

  • how we save seeds
    25% of the world’s plants by 2020 The seeds we conserve are used for research into food, agriculture, forestry, health and ecosystem repair
  • Adopt a seed
    Adopt a seed today Adopt a seed for £25 to ensure its preservation, or save an entire plant species from extinction from £1,000
  • Millennium Seed Bank training programme
    Join our training programme Learn the skills to collect, conserve and manage ex situ seed collections

The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership is the largest ex situ plant conservation programme in the world. Our focus is on global plant life faced with the threat of extinction and plants of most use for the future. The seeds we save are conserved in seed banks as an insurance against the risk of extinction in their native habitat.

Working with our network of partners across 80 countries, we have successfully banked over 13% of the world's wild plant species. With your help, we are going to save 25% of those species with bankable seeds by 2020 (75,000 species). We target plants and regions most at risk from the ever-increasing impact of human activities, including land use and climate change.

Find seeds available for use in research, restoration and re-introduction

Seed collecting in Chile’s Atacama Desert – the driest place on Earth

The Blooming Desert

The race against time to bank the world's threatened seeds

Battle against time to bank world’s threatened seeds

Our projects and partners

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Find out more about the Millennium Seed Bank partnerships around the world.

Find out where we work around the world

UK Native Seed Hub

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UK Native Seed Hub aims to increase the quality, quantity and diversity of native plants and seeds available for conservation and habitat restoration in the UK.

It achieves this by drawing together the unique seed collections, horticultural and scientific expertise of Kew and the MSB.

Find out about UK Native Seed Hub

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