I lead the UK Native Seed Hub, a cross-departmental project funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to bring together Kew’s science, seed collections and horticultural expertise to support conservation in the UK. We supply native seed and plants to support habitat restoration and species reintroduction projects, using our dedicated production site and nursery facilities at Wakehurst. We work with colleagues across Kew Science to provide research and evidence-based advice to conservation organisations, government agencies and businesses, and are proud to provide seed-testing and advice to Kew’s Grow Wild project.
I am responsible for managing the project’s budgets and work plans, but am often in the field harvesting seed, surveying and collecting data, reviewing progress and providing practical assistance to our partners and clients. I also have research interests in native seed origin and quality and the conservation and restoration of calcareous grassland
- MSc Environmental Management (Countryside and Protected Area Management), Birkbeck, University of London, 2014
- RHS General and Advanced Certificates in Horticulture, Capel Manor College, 2007
- BA (Hons) History, University College London, 1999
UK Native Seed Hub
Mobilising our seed collections, facilities and expertise to enhance the resilience and coherence of the UK's ecological network.
Banking the UK’s seeds
Maintaining and enhancing the UK repository for seeds and associated knowledge, to increase the quality, quantity and diversity of native plant material available for research, conservation and habitat restoration in the UK.