We are proud to be working with so many people who also understand the importance of seeds and their role in the cycles of life upon which we all depend.
With ongoing support True Harvest Seeds can continue to populate the Native Seed Bank of Ireland. The seeds belong to the people, animals and insects of Ireland in perpetuity.
Many plants, people and organisations help in many ways. Funding, collections, information dissemination, events, training, running the production unit and community seed hub.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone. We are working hard to realise a plant resource centre for Ireland where our native seeds are held safe for the people and fauna of Ireland. The Seed Bank of Ireland by the people for the people.
For opportunities to join in the great national seed collection, please see our Volunteer page.
With a dedicated membership the seeds of Ireland are preserved
We are currently working on a membership option for our supporters. We would like to hear from you about what you’d like receive in return for signing up? Please let us know by email to email@example.com.
If you have experience in setting up a membership for a charity and would like to volunteer to do so, please contact Debbie as above.
Working together for the environmental conservation of Ireland
We work with partners and collaborators across the board to achieve the aims of the charity.
- Our funders
- Individual volunteers and seed collectors
- Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank Partnership
- Local schools, councils and community groups
- Local non-government environmental organisations
- Volunteer Now
- The Charities Commission, HMRC and Company’s House
Saving The Future of Our Wild Flowers.
We are very grateful to Heritage Lottery Fund for funding 97% of the costs of the collection and banking in long term storage 60 species of native Irish wild flowers in 2017 and 2018.
True Harvest Seeds make the high quality seed collections and share them with Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank in a partnership Memorandum of Collaboration, with reciprocal seed banking. Populations of plants of an optimum 200 seed bearing adults are identified from areas that are natural, still in the wild. We talk to land owners to obtain their permission and gather background information. We take herbarium specimens, DNA samples, photos, seeds and fill in a data sheet to complete the collection. This requires sometimes 3 visits per collection, but many land owners are keen to help with some of the tasks. Collections are held in the seed bank. Requests for seed for restoration projects in the same area, research projects, herbaria studies, photos or information from the data sheet are welcomed.
Millennium Seed Bank Partnership MSBP
THS are currently working in partnership with Kew’s (Millennium Seed Bank Partnership) MSBP under an MoC which enables both THS & the MSBP to store seed collections and herbarium specimens of northern Ireland’s flora. This MoC also enables sharing of information on the viability & germination protocols for the collections.
The MSBP have also provided THS with two dehumidifer cabinets as well as numerous seed collecting bags, intellectual information.
THS are also working in partnership with the MSBP’s UK Native Tree Seed Project under an MoC to collect tree seeds for MSBP.
THS featured in Islands issue 32 of Samara issue Dec 2017: http://brahmsonline.kew.org/msbp/Training/Samara
Protecting our coastline
Sea-changers have generously funded 75% of the project to build the large permanent raised beds at Kilclief.
The raised beds will be used to grow 200 plants of six species, Ammophila arenaria, Leymus arenarius, Agropyron pungens, Elymus farctus, Mertensia maritima and Crambe maritima.
The aim of the project is so THS can provide seeds and plants for restoration projects in the local area without having to re-collect from the wild populations.
The strong root systems of the grasses bind sand dunes together stalling coastal erosion. The two schedule 8 plants are very rare now along this coast, they are perennial plants that live on shingle beaches which constantly shift and move especially during winter storms. It is our hope to preserve these plants ex-situ and bulk up the seeds in the seed bank to ultimately repopulate the area.
Help us save our native flora
If you would like to make a financial donation to the charity please contact us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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