How does it work?

Learn more about the Adopt a seed, Save a species campaign.

What will I receive when I 'Adopt a Seed'?

You will receive an email with a link to your full colour, personalised certificate (as a PDF document that you can download and print off). If you bought the Adoption as a Gift, the recipient will receive an email telling them you have bought them a gift Adoption, to the email address you supplied.

If you save a species, we will post you an A4 certificate, photograph of your species, and information about the work of the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership. We will also invite you to a special behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Seed Bank during which you will have the opportunity to visit the vaults. 

We'll keep you updated through the year with the work of the MSBP and at the end of the year, a reminder to renew your adoption. Sorry, but we don't send out any actual seeds! But don't forget you can visit Kew's Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst and see for yourself the work done. 

What does the certificate look like?

The certificate is full colour, A4 portrait, personalised with the photograph and Latin name of your chosen seed, together with your name.

If you purchase the seed adoption as a gift, the name of the recipient is also shown. You can add a message to either of these as well.

When you complete the payment, you will receive an email confirmation which will have a link to down the certificate in PDF format and will look as follows:

Example of adoption certificate

If it is a gift, the recipient will receive an email telling them you have purchased them a seed adoption and a link to the certificate (if you supply their email address during the payment process).

What if my adoption is a gift for more than one person?

The adoption certificate will be sent to you via email, therefore you can forward it on or print it off as many times as you need.

How does your money actually save a species? Many of the species that we are offering have already been saved, so where is your money actually going?

The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership is a project of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

All plant species which are listed as part of the Adopt a seed, Save a species campaign are species of which seeds have already been banked, both at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) at Wakehurst, and in their country of origin.

If you choose to save a species your donation of £1,000 or £2,000 represents the cost to the project of collecting and banking the seed of that species, and your donation will be used to maintain the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership and to collect more species in the future. 

Please get in touch on 020 332 3248 or if you would like to discuss this further.