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Plant Heritage

Plant Heritage is a small independent charity based in Surrey but operating throughout the UK and Ireland with the support of a large network of volunteers and supporters.  Established in 1978 as a response to concerns about loss of plant diversity, we are the only UK charity to focus on the conservation of garden plants.  Changes in fashion or in the horticultural trade can rapidly imperil these plants – once it’s gone, it’s gone!

We record, research, and preserve garden plants through the National Plant Collection Scheme, our Plant Guardians, and our local group network and Plant Exchanges.


Resources by Plant Heritage


White flowers in a garden next to a stone colonnade wall

Plant Heritage is a small independent charity based in Surrey that operates throughout the UK and Ireland with the support of a large network of volunteers and supporters.  It records, researches, and preserves garden plants through the National Plant Collection Scheme and uses a custom web-interface database (Persephone) for managing its new collection records. Plant Heritage recruited digital volunteers to transfer older records — a mixture of formats from paper to Word and Excel documents — onto the Persephone database to ensure all their plant data is securely stored and improve their curatorial standards.

Digital Heritage Hub is managed by Arts Marketing Association (AMA) in partnership with The Heritage Digital Consortium and The University of Leeds. It has received Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and National Lottery funding, distributed by The Heritage Fund as part of their Digital Skills for Heritage initiative. Digital Heritage Hub is free and answers small to medium sized heritage organisations most pressing and frequently asked digital questions.

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