Heirloom Seed Sanctuary
  • Welcome to your London Freedom Seed Bank!

    The VISION of our London Freedom Seed Bank:

    ~ RAISING AWARENESS: Organic London food growers growing and saving seeds for the new London Freedom Seed Bank: a sanctuary in London for protecting and storing our freedom seeds.
    ~ RE-SKILLING: restoring and reclaiming the diversity & knowledge about seed saving through re-skilling workshops
    ~ CELEBRATING: Freedom Seed Bank FESTIVAL – a yearly festival welcoming our Freedom Seeds
    ~ DISTRIBUTING: Free seeds for London Food Growers

    ‘Seed is the source of life and the first link in the food chain. Control over seed means a control over our lives, our food and our freedom',. We should turn our roof tops into gardens which are seed sanctuaries because the seed, it is centuries of evolution, a gift of our ancestors and needs to be saved as a gift for future generations.’
    Vandana Shiva

    More on our About page

Heirloom Seed Sanctuary

Report on the role of community seed projects

We are pleased to announce that a new report on the role of community seed projects in protecting seed diversity is now available online. The report was written by London Freedom Seed Bank member, Charlotte Dove, following a 10-week trip to visit community seed saving projects in America and Canada. Charlotte examined different models for … Continue reading

Spitalfields Seed Ambassadors

New seed library at Spitalfields City Farm

We’re excited to advertise this opportunity from Spitalfields City Farm. The farm are looking for Seed Ambassadors to help set up a Tower Hamlets Community Seed Library. The seed library will be using interactive technologies so members can learn about the people who donated the seeds and the conditions under which they were grown. They are looking for Seed … Continue reading


Don’t miss Seedy Saturday this week

We warmly invite you to join us at the South London Botanical Institute this week for our Seedy Saturday event from 2-5pm. Learn about seed saving Bring seeds to share & stock up on good quality seeds for the season ahead Discover the SLBI’s herbarium and botanical garden Tea and homemade cakes The London Freedom Seed … Continue reading

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Seedy Saturday, 5th March 2016

We are delighted to invite you to our Seedy Saturday on Saturday 5th March at the South London Botanical Institute, from 2-5pm. Come along to learn about seed saving, stock up on locally-saved non-hybrid seeds, and get inspired for the season ahead. There will be talks on ‘Why Save Seeds?’ and ‘Top Tips for Successful Seed Saving’ as well as a … Continue reading


Seed to Seed event at OrganicLea

On Friday 5th of February, OrganicLea will host a special event around seed saving. They will be welcoming Nicholas Bell and Martina Widmer from the Seed to Seed project, who will give an introduction about seed saving and show a selection of short films from the comprehensive Seed to Seed DVDs, which give step-by-step guidelines on … Continue reading

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LFSB member visits seed projects in USA and Canada

LFSB member and community gardener, Charlotte Dove, recently returned from a 10-week research trip to seed saving ventures in the USA and Canada. Charlotte will be sharing seeds and stories from her adventure at LFSB’s Seedy Saturday on Saturday 5th March. Mark the date in your diaries. More info to follow soon. The aim of … Continue reading


Next re-skilling training Saturday 25th April

Hello all, There are a few spaces left on our next training with Peter Brinch of Open Pollinated Seeds.  It will be held next Saturday 25th April from 10.30 to 1.30pm at Regents Park Allotment.  The training will cover all aspects of seed saving with plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Saturday 25th April at Regent’s Park Allotment Trainer: … Continue reading


Next workshops Saturday 11th April and Saturday 25th April

We hope you are enjoying the Spring so far! Our first two trainings took place in mid-March and were well appreciated by everyone who attended.  Thank you to Charlotte Haworth who led the first training at Oasis Nature Garden in Stockwell.  Charlotte has posted an online version of the training on her blog, so please check … Continue reading

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Re-skilling workshops – Spring 2015

We are pleased to announce our upcoming workshops for this spring.   These workshops will provide you with the information necessary to start saving seed this year. We will cover choosing which varieties to save, considerations for avoiding cross-pollination, choosing which plants to select, and the practical aspects of saving seed from your plants. Growers and … Continue reading


Trainings to be announced and upcoming events

  Hello fellow seed savers, With spring nearly here we’re kicking into gear at the London Freedom Seed Bank ready for the new growing season. We have been carrying out germination tests on the seed that was donated back to the bank by our freedom seed savers at our festival last October, in preparation to redistribute … Continue reading


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