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Seed Donation – Now Open!

September 14, 2020
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It’s the news you’ve been waiting for… the window for making a seed donation to our seed exchange is now open! Read on for the low down.

Are you an Alpine Garden Society member? Check. Based in the UK? Check. Looking to exchange plant seed with other members? Check.

You’ve come to the right place!

This page tells you the three steps you need to take to make a seed donation this year.

We’ve had to re-design our process to make it safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, so it’s slightly different from usual, but hopefully just as easy for most of you taking part.

Why is Seed Donation for UK Members Only?

First, the seed exchange is part of what makes us a supportive society of plant geeks! It’s only possible due to thousands of hours of time volunteered by devoted AGS members.

These members do it so that other members can have access to a wide array of interesting and unusual alpine plant seed for a fraction of the price you’d find it in the shops (if you can find it in the shops!).

We ask that people who want to join in support us by becoming a member of the AGS. We’d love to have you – and it’s only £36 for an entire year!

Second, very unfortunately, new regulations require a lot of paperwork to accompany seeds entering or leaving the UK this year, which creates a variety of problems. This makes it impossible to include non-UK members in the seed exchange. We’re extremely sorry. Find out more about why the seed exchange is closed to non-UK members here.

Step 1: Fill in the Seed Donation Form

This year, we’re asking you to tell us which seed you have available for donation online.

This is the first step, so please do this before you do anything else – and don’t post your seed anywhere just yet.

To tell us about your seed donation, first log in to your AGS account, then fill out this seed donation form.

This form was designed and built with the support of Griffin Glasshouses. It’s part of what is making the exchange Covid-safe this year and we are eternally grateful to them for their support!

The seed donation form will be open from 14th Sept to 15th Oct 2020.

You’ll need:

  • Your membership name, number and address
  • Names of the seed you have available for donation

People who donate at least 5 different varieties of quality alpine plant seed will receive extra seed in their seed order and priority in selecting rarer seed. Those who are able to offer more varieties and more quality seed, will receive extra priority again, so please do donate more varieties if you can.

Step 2: Wait to Hear from our Seed Reception Team

Once you’ve sent us the information about your seeds online, it will be carefully checked by our volunteer seed reception team. So your next job is to sit tight and wait to hear from them!

Depending on the seed you have available, the team may come back to you to check a few details.

This stage is important as it ensures seed names are up to date and that our seed order list – which we will be creating from the seed donations later on – presents the same seed species consistently.

Once all your seed names have been checked by the team, they’ll come back to you with the following information:

  • A list of the seed you’ve donated and any changes that need to be made to your seed names
  • The name and address of a volunteer to whom you’ll need to post your seeds so that they can be packed into seed envelopes ready for sending out to members

Step 3: Correct Your Seed Names & Post

This is the last stage of seed donation!

Please look carefully at the information you receive from our seed reception team and correct your seed names as needed.

We ask that you do this by carefully writing the corrected names on the relevant packet in block capital letters. This makes it easier for our packers to keep track.

Please include your name and membership number in your seed packet before you post – this will help us to match up your seeds with your online donation form.

Finally, post your seed to the address our seed reception team have given you. This will be different for different donors, so please take care with this step. And that’s it!

If you have questions about seed donation this year, we’d love to hear them. Give us a shout at HQ on 01386 554790.