Millennium Seed Bank
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 today Adopt a seed for £25 to ensure its preservation, or save an entire plant species from extinction from £1,000
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.
Seed collecting in Chile’s Atacama Desert – the driest place on Earth
The race against time to bank the world's threatened seeds
Our projects and partners
UK Native Seed Hub
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.