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Introducing the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership

The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership is the largest ex situ plant conservation project in the world. Our focus is on global plant life faced with the threat of extinction and plants of most use for the future. The seeds we save are conserved outside their native habitat.

Working with our network of partners across 50 countries, we have successfully banked 10% of the world's wild plant species. With your help, we are going to save 25% by 2020. We target plants and regions most at risk from climate change and the ever-increasing impact of human activities.

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Sowing the seeds of UK biodiversity - Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank launches UK Native Seed Hub

17 Aug 2011
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew launches the UK Native Seed Hub at the Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst – an initiative that draws on the Millennium Seed Bank’s extensive collection of UK native seeds, as well as its horticultural and scientific expertise to support the UK seed industry, conservation groups and other organisations working to restore native plants to the UK countryside.

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Seed conservation in the UK Overseas Territories

by: Tom Heller, UK Overseas Territories team blog
15 Aug 2011

Find out about Kew's seed collecting activities in the UK Overseas Territories. Through their seed banking work, Kew’s UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) team are helping to conserve plant life in many diverse and fragile habitats in these regions.

Tree planting in Africa

30 Jun 2011
The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership is helping with tree propagation and planting schemes in Africa. During 2010, nearly 62,000 seedlings of 203 tree species were produced in the initiative.

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UK Native Seed Hub

The UK Native seed Hub draws on the Millennium Seed Bank’s extensive collection of UK native seeds, as well as its horticultural and scientific expertise to help restore native plants to the UK countryside. It will initially focus on plants of lowland meadows or semi-natural grassland, but in the future it will support restoration efforts across the full spectrum of UK habitats.

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