Can I collect seeds for use in my own garden when I'm on holiday?
The collection and export of seed from most countries is covered by their national legislation.
Seed collecting is covered by national legislation in most countries. Import of seed into the UK is covered by quarantine restrictions. Endangered species are covered by international legislation (CITES)
Our collectors and collaborators abroad are experienced at working within these rules. To avoid breaking laws and harming wild plant populations, please do not collect and bring back seed yourself. Enjoy the plants where they grow!
Over-collection of plants can lead to them becoming endangered. See our pages on orchids for some examples.
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