Scientists working at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank Project at Wakehurst Place in West Sussex have developed a unique kit for seed conservation and seed banking.
Seed Conservation and Seed Banking
This kit enables you to collect, process, dry and store seeds (including purchased seed) following a simple set of instructions that follow the same principals of large seed banks.
The kit contains a high quality polythene box that acts both as a drying chamber and as the 'seed bank' at the end of the season, and a reusable desiccant with coloured moisture indicator, for drying the seeds. Also included are ingenious colour indicator sachets that monitor the seed drying process and ensures the seeds are stored under optimal conditions.
Conservation and seed banking are now on the National Curriculum. Their inclusion is a response to the global importance of habitat loss and species extinction. This has been recognised by national governments in treaties such as the Convention on Biological Diversity. The new mini seed bank, in conjunction with online resources
will enable teachers to engage with The Great Plant Hunt, providing resources at all levels for educating young people about plants and plant conservation.
Supporting our work
Your purchase helps to support Kew's important global conservation work. Kew works with partners across the world to help local communities protect their own natural heritage.