SEED AMNESTY

 

As part of our giveaway programme, we're matching unwanted vegetable, flower and herb seeds with good causes that would like them. Can you help us?

At some point, almost every gardener has ended up with too many seeds. Perhaps they're gifts that don't fit into your planting scheme, or over-enthusiastic purchases you don't end up needing. Maybe you seed-save from your own plants, and have too many to re-sow?

Since we got started, several kind folk have approached us, asking whether we can make good use of their surplus seeds. Cue the launch of this seed amnesty!

HOW TO DONATE YOUR SURPLUS SEEDS TO HELP OTHERS

 

The idea is simple: If you have surplus seeds you'd be happy to donate, please drop us an email at hello@seedsofhope.scot and tell us about them.

 

We'll reply as quickly as possible, asking for any other information we need and giving you a postal address to send the seeds to.

WHAT WE DO WITH YOUR SEEDS

 

We already run a waiting list of good causes in Scotland, all of whom have expressed an interest in receiving free seeds from us.

 

We gather donated seeds into small lucky dip-style 'bundles', with 5 packets of seeds in each.

We display a regularly updated list of seeds on offer at the bottom of this page - and good causes on our waiting list can email us to request a bundle. We will then post that bundle out to them.

SEEDS THAT WE CAN (AND CAN'T) ACCEPT

All varieties of vegetable, flower and herb seeds originally purchased in the UK are gratefully accepted. If you have collected seeds from your own garden, these may well also be fine - just give us some details about them when you email.

For environmental and biosecurity reasons, we cannot accept any seeds that come from outside of the UK.

 

We also cannot accept unknown varieties of seeds. Please ensure all seeds sent include full species descriptions (the original packaging would be ideal!).

Please make sure that any seeds you send us have not passed their 'use by' date. We know nothing is guaranteed, but we'd love to be able to offer our good causes seeds that have the best chance of germinating.

We're happy to accept seed packets that have been opened and partially used, but please make sure they're fully resealed before posting!

HOW TO REQUEST A SEED BUNDLE

If you're a group in Scotland who would like one of these bundles to sow, drop us a line at hello@seedsofhope.scot and tell us about your project.

We aren't able to list details of every seed type in every bundle - so the exact combination of seeds groups receive is generally a surprise! But if people need more information (for example, if they're allergic to a particular plant and want to avoid it) we'll do our best to help. 

LUCKY DIP SEEDS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE:

 

Thanks to the huge generosity of our seed donors, here are just some of the seed types we currently have available:

Tomato, parsnip, cucumber, squash, cauliflower, broad beans, broccoli, spinach, sweet pepper, turnip, herbs (various!), cabbage, spring onion, radish, onion, beetroot, leek, pea, salad leaves, watercress, aubergine, sweetcorn.

Unless otherwise stated, recipients will get a random, lucky dip bundle of FIVE seed packets.

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Cover photo: Harebells on the Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Photo by David Wheater