April 12, 2018
We’re gearing up here at head office to start the 30 seed collection expeditions for 2018. We have our target species list and a fairly good idea of where to look for ideal populations – with over 200 seed bearing individuals, less can still be ok. We only take 20% of what’s available on one day only per year. The list contains about 80 floral species, because in our experience – like trees – flower species have mast years too, presumably dependant on the previous year, their situation and the spring we have, or at least hope to have. We make double collections of these 30 species and share them with Kew’s Flora Seed Collection. We love to bring interested volunteers out with us and teach you how to make seed collections, so get in touch for field trip details. Talk to Geoff, he’s looking after you this year firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also making tree seed collections and have a very specific list for it, 6 species this year, 5 next year for Kew’s UK National Tree Seed Project, we send them all the seeds from these collections for their vaults at the Millennium Seed Bank. We still make tree seed collections for THS when we can find the time. Volunteers welcome for this too, again ask Geoff about this. He can put your name on our volunteer list and you’ll get an email when an expedition is imminent, this works for the flora as well.
In the meantime, to help us along, if you know of a population of a native species that you think wants a place in the seed bank, then give us a shout, let’s give Geoff a break, email me email@example.com and we’ll see if we can fit it into our already packed schedule. Ask a busy person and all..
In the meantime, happy plant hunting.