Save our plants

by Drucilla James

Colchicum 'Daendels' credit: Plant Heritage

Many of the plants which were common in our gardens 50 years ago are now rarer than pandas.

In response, the Threatened Plants Appeal, aimed at raising £100,000 to help save Britain’s rarest and most endangered varieties, has been launched by Plant Heritage.

The charity’s Chairman, Michael Alder, speaking at the launch, will say that, “We owe it to ourselves and the future to save these plants.”“ it is the wider role of useful things they can do for us we need to particularly remember, such as food, medicines, textiles, energy crops and a variety of amenity uses in our gardens.”

Plant Heritage is the world’s leading cultivated plant conservation charity. Funds raised by the appeal will support its flagship National Plant Collection Scheme. This has more than 620 living plant libraries in diverse settings ranging from allotments and back gardens, to arboreta and stately homes.

To donate to the Plant Heritage Appeal:

Call 01483 447540 to make a credit card payment

Send a cheque payable to NCCPG, 12 Home Farm, Loseley Park, Guildford GU31HS

Follow the links from the front of the website to donate via the Big Give.

Or email for a leaflet to do a one off donation or set up a regular Direct Debit on

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