San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
On this course we will be teaching you the essentials of collecting wildflower seeds for small-scale conservation projects. If done correctly, your wildflower seeds could last a hundred years or more. As well as introducing you to different methods of collection, we will discuss relevant countryside legislations and the concept of local provenance seed - before visiting a near-by meadow to gain practical skills in identification and collection. Based on the methods used by the Millennium Seed Bank at Kew Gardens, participants will learn how to assess habitats for seed quality before collecting and we will show you how to process and store your seeds using inexpensive everyday items. The day will also give you an opportunity to meet like-minded people working on meadow creation projects across the country.
Morning – presentation giving context then practical session on assessing seed quality and quantity
Afternoon – practical session on collection, processing and storing
Trainer details - Stephen assisted with the development of Glasgow’s Flower Power – a community run wildflower nursery which aims to collect and grow native wildflowers, to benefit both people and wildlife. He has been involved in the collection and propagation of locally threatened species and was taught seed collection techniques by the experts at Kew Gardens’ Millennium Seed Bank.
Lunch - Please bring a packed lunch
What to bring with you - Pad, pen, waterproof clothing
Cost - £25 plus vat & Eventbrite fees
Terms & Conditions - The full fee is payable for cancellations within 7 days of event.