About us


Many of our once loved garden plants are quietly vanishing forever.

Once a garden plant is lost to cultivation, it's lost forever.

We keep rare plants growing…

As plants fall out of fashion or are superseded, vital genetic traits could simply vanish, unless they are taken into care and shared with others. If the expertise to grow and propagate them is also lost, our ability to properly conserve our unique garden flora is placed under significant threat.

Plant Heritage was formed to help minimise this risk across Britain and Ireland, to ensure our incredible diversity of cultivated plants, whether for food, medicine, ornament or heritage, remains available for the enjoyment and use of generations to come.

How do we achieve this?

• Holders of more than 600 National Plant Collections® around the UK search out and grow the widest range of their special interest plant group, identifying, documenting and conserving them in private gardens, allotments, nurseries, local parks, botanic gardens and historic estates.

• Our Threatened Plants Project is working to identify garden-worthy plants with the highest risk of extinction, with the ambition that these can be conserved in National Plant Collections and our Plant Guardian scheme.

• As a membership organisation, our network of local groups, from Cornwall to Scotland, organises activities to keep plant variety in our gardens.

• By becoming a Plant Guardian, our members can become personally involved in saving some of these rare plants in their own gardens.

• By offering and receiving rare plants through our free annual Plant Exchange. Every year approximately 1,000 rare and unusual plants go to new homes across the country, keeping them in cultivation and safe for future generations.

However, all this costs money. We are a self-funding charitable organisation doing all we can with our limited resources; we raise funds from sponsors and from the activities we organise nationally and through our enthusiastic local groups and their members.

But we need your help to ensure that this important conservation work can continue. Donate or become a member and join us today.

Find out why we conserve cultivated plants and read our Conservation Strategy

Anuual membership

The perfect Christmas gift

Membership of Plant Heritage - the perfect gift for someone passionate about plants...

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2018 AGM & Members' Weekend

Join us to celebrate our 40th Anniversary year at the 2017 AGM & Members' Weekend, taking place in the historic market town of Wareham at the heart of the Isle of Purbeck in beautiful Dorset.

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Donate and support Plant Heritage

"By supporting the Threatened Plants Appeal, you will be instrumental in not only safeguarding it, but also ensuring that our work carries on." Alan Titchmarsh

Alan Titchmarsh

Johnsons Seeds raising money for Plant Conservation

Johnsons Seeds will donate 25p to Plant Heritage from all sales of 'Pink Pearl' - from its new World Botanic Seed Range

World Botanic seed packs

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