2009 ENDANGERED SEED APPEAL
|Johnson's Perfect cauliflower||Gloucester Special onion|
|Best Of All tomato||Avon Defiance lettuce|
|Lingreville cabbage||Habanero Red pepper|
Make a donation today, and help save the biodiversity of UK vegetables.
Why are we asking you to help save obscure varieties? Surely one carrot’s very much like the next?
Actually, every variation and strain is remarkably different. Each with its own taste, growing habits, cultivation time and heritage. And every rare variety we save is part of a much bigger biodiversity picture. Just as we value the diversity of plant and animal species, we need to keep the gene pool of the plants we grow to eat as big as possible too. So your donation towards our 2009 Endangered Seed Appeal could save not just a vegetable, but a whole ecosystem.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters we have so far raised almost £40K
Make a donation today, and make sure we pass on our garden heritage
The British Isles has one of the richest garden heritages in the world. For years, scores of gardeners and smallholders have nurtured thousands of unique vegetable varieties. In the last hundred years most of these varieties have all but disappeared. Thousands more are under threat from climate change, loss of habitat, invasive alien species and the desire for ‘perfect’ vegetables. But we can’t safeguard our nation’s traditional vegetables for future generations without additional financial support – which is why we are asking you to make a donation today.
Your donation – seed money
The Heritage Seed Library is the only living library of its kind in the UK. Its aim is to send out as much endangered seed to as many people as possible, so that even more seed is produced – and the process can be repeated again and again. In 2009, with your help, we aim to categorise, preserve and distribute fifty more rare and endangered vegetables.
The Heritage Seed Library is just one aspect of Garden Organic’s work, and rest assured we will put your donation to use wherever it can do the most good.
What your donation could buy
Growing space – we urgently need to maintain our existing seed growing space, then install a new irrigation system and isolation cages to prevent cross-pollination.
Seed sharing – we need to ensure that our Seed Guardians receive their supply of endangered seeds. The vegetables they grow are processed and the seeds cleaned before being returned to the Heritage Seed Library for distribution to others.
Seed education – increasing heritage seed growing at our Audley End garden in Essex will allow more seed to be saved and more demonstrations. Educating the public is a vital part of our mission.
Seed review – our current seed collection is in desperate need of attention to make sure that our stocks don’t become too low.
Bob Sherman, Director of Operations
Rebsie Fairholm, Seed Guardian, Gloucester