There’s an amazing wealth of plant diversity in our gardens which we need to protect for the future. Whether scientifically valuable, historically important or beneficial for pollinators, they’re all part of our Plant Heritage. With your help, we can save more rare and unusual plants.

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  • Environment/Conservation Environment/​Conservation
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    • General Public/Humankind General Public/​Humankind

    Situation

    We’re in a biodiversity crisis. With an estimated 400,000 different types of plants in cultivation in the UK, garden plants represent an important opportunity to maintain and increase biodiversity in our gardens. Conservation is only possible in living collections by skilled and passionate plants people and maintaining a variety of plants in our gardens helps us to be more resilient to climate change, is good for pollinators and for the local ecosystems in our own gardens too.

    Solution

    We ensure the garden plants we grow now will be available to future generations. We do this through the National Plant Collections – incredible living libraries of plants protecting over 95,000 plants. But through natural loss including retirement of Collection Holders, we lose up to 20 collections a year so we need to recruit more people to start new collections. We are also looking for more Plant Guardians to look after individual threatened plants in their own gardens or homes.

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    Categories

  • Environment/Conservation Environment/​Conservation
  • Beneficiaries

    • General Public/Humankind General Public/​Humankind