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Millennium Seed Bank

United Kingdom - West Sussex. UK - Wakehurst Place

Institution Code: BWFC

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the Millennium Seed Bank

Providing seeds for research:

Requests for samples from the MSB can be made by registering for our seeds list:

Main Address:
Millennium Seed Bank
Haywards Heath
Wakehurst Place
West Sussex. UK United Kingdom

Telephone: 01444 894100
Fax: 01444 894110
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr Paul Smith
    Curator's Name: Mr Simon Linington
    Plant Records Officer's Name:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Gene/Seed Bank
  • Physical Data
  • Latitude: 51.067867
    Longitude: -0.090436
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Seed Bank: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes

Plant Collections

Conservation Programmes

  • Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
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Seed Banks

Seed banks are essential for ex situ conservation, and many botanic gardens contribute and collect seeds for storage. However, setting up a bank, collecting and maintaining viable and representative stocks is very challenging.