As part of our giveaway programme and to tackle seed waste, we run a yearly Seed Amnesty during January. It matches 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, or collect free seeds from gardening magazines?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 your donated seeds into lucky dip-style 'bundles', and give them to these groups during February, in time for spring sowing.
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 email@example.com 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 you'd like a particular type of seeds for a specific project, let us know and we'll do our best to help.