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Seed Exchange for Overseas Members in 2021

Seed Donations from outside the UK

The UK Government recently extended the date and announced that phytosanitary certificates will only be required for seed from January 2022.  This means that we can accept seed donations from any overseas country for this year’s exchange.

Seed Lists

As a result of increasing postal charges, and to support our environmental objectives, we will no longer be posting the seed list to all members.  The seed list will be available for online orders in late November 2021, and it will also be possible to download and print a copy from the website from that date if you wish to order by post, although we strongly recommend online ordering if you can do this.  If you cannot access the list in this way, we would be very happy to post you a copy.  Please contact Diane Clement or the AGS before 1st November 2021 if you would like a seed list by post.  Please bear in mind that there are likely to be postal delays for overseas members requesting seed lists or ordering seed by post and we strongly recommend you use the website for seed orders.

Seed Ordering 

Overseas members excluding Northern Ireland, the EU and Japan

For members in countries outside the EU and Japan there is no change from previous years.  You will be able to donate and receive seed this year in the same way as you have done in the past.


Members in the USA requiring seed will need to send us an Import Permit by mail or email (obtainable from the USDA website).  More information will follow.

 Northern Ireland, EU and Japan

Seed entering Northern Ireland, Japan and the EU must now be accompanied by a Phytosanitary Certificate which is prohibitively expensive for us to obtain, and therefore currently not appropriate for our seed exchange.  We are currently engaged in discussion with the RHS and other Plant Societies who have international seed exchanges, to try and plan a route through this new legislation which will be acceptable and manageable for Plant Societies.  Realistically this will not happen this year and we will be working towards a change in the future.  We are very sorry that we will not be able to send seed this year to Northern Ireland, the EU or Japan but we are hoping for a change in future years.

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