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Chelsea Physic Garden

Message on a Packet

Chelsea seed packetChelsea Physic Garden has developed a simple system to sell seeds to support the garden’s running costs and at the same time educate buyers about their responsibilities to honour the CBD. The seeds selected for public sale are largely from uncommon cultivated varieties, not plants of recent (post-CBD) wild provenance, and they do not have special restrictive terms on them. However, the Chelsea Physic Garden has a stake in the continued cultivation and conservation of these plants, and in the case of non-native material, would wish to consider other stakeholders in the country of origin, so the label sets out the need for consent to commercialise the material:

‘In compliance with the Convention on Biological Diversity, the purchaser is not authorised to commercialize the seed or its genetic material without permission from the CPG.’