Save a species
There are an estimated 400,000 plant species on Earth - as many as a quarter are threatened with extinction. You can help Kew protect threatened plants by saving a species outright today.
The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership works with partner countries to collect seed from plants and habitats at risk from climate change and the ever-increasing impact of human activities.
We also save the seed of plants faced with the threat of extinction and those of most use in the future. The seeds are banked at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank and in partner seed banks around the world. By 2020, our aim is to secure the safe storage of seed from 25% of the world’s wild plant species.
The average amount it costs to ensure a species of plant will never become extinct is £2,000.
To recognise your extraordinary contribution, we will send you a certificate and a photograph of the plant species that you are responsible for safeguarding. You'll also receive an invitation to go behind the scenes on a tour of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst, West Sussex.
To save a species outright today, choose from the options below, or contact us on 0208 332 3248 (Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm)
Found growing on trees and rocks of dry tropical forests on the island of Madagascar, the orchid Acampe pachyglossa has evolved thick leathery leaves and the same metabolism as cacti to cope with the dry conditions. Adopt the entire Acampe pachyglossa species as an exclusive gift for any occasion.
Aerangis citrata orchids are usually epiphytes found growing on twigs or small trees in humid, evergreen forests from coast to plateau throughout eastern Madagascar. Adopt the entire Aerangis citrata species as a superb gift that ensures it is kept safe forever in the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership vaults.
The purple-flowered orchid Cynorkis uniflora is only found on the island of Madagascar. It grows up to 20cm tall and is found in grasslands, rocky outcrops and inselbergs. Safeguarding the future of Cynorkis uniflora with your sponsorship makes a beautiful wedding gift and a significant contribution to conservation.
The Madagascan orchid Eulophia beravensis is found growing in deciduous woodlands, sand and dunes, at sea level. This attractive orchid has small white flowers with red veins. The entire species can be saved with your adoption, making it the perfect gift to celebrate the birth of a baby boy or girl.
The orchid Eulophia plantaginea is found in Madagascar, and flowers between January and March. It can grow up to 100 cm tall and produces green and white flowers with a violet lip. Safeguard the future of this orchid by adopting the entire species as unique gift for someone special.
This orchid has long, leathery leaves and small white flowers, which appear between February and March. Native to central Madagascar, Jumellea ibityana is found growing on rocky outcrops. Adopt the entire species as a personalised birthday gift and safeguard its future in the Millennium Seed Bank.
Oeceoclades calcarata is a large orchid from Madagascar, growing up to 1.5m tall. It can be found growing on highland rocks and in semi-deciduous western forests. Adopt the entire species as a gift in memory of a friend or loved one, and safeguard its future in Kew's Millennium Seed Bank vaults.