Kew Gardens is launching a seed bank for native plant species that will help to protect and restore disappearing wildflower meadows in the UK.
The UK Native Seed Hub, an initiative from Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, will provide high-quality seeds and scientific advice to groups growing wildflower meadows across the UK. The hub will then go on to support the restoration of 40 other native habitats such as chalk grasslands and lowland heathland.
The first meadows will be restored by a collaboration between Kew and the High Weald Landscape Trust's Weald meadows initiative in West Sussex. Species to be reintroduced include the harebell (Campanula rotundifolia), oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) and sneezewort (Achillea ptarmica). Robin Probert, head of technology and training at Kew, said: "This is habitat that has suffered the most over the past decades … only about 2% of the old species-rich meadows are left since the second world war."
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