To the start of our project
We bought the land at Rowsley in 2009, and started to set up our Rowsley
Heritage Plant business in 2010. Through 2010 and 2011 we bult our storage
field building, and commenced basic drainage of our very neglected and poor
quality land. We also started our first field trials of various fruit and
vegetables, and discovered what would and wouldn’t grow on our heavy clay
2013 sees more extensive work on drainage, heading through to
comprehensive planting of Heritage Seeds in 2014 (as Seed Guardians via
Garden Organic’s charity), and heritage seed harvesting in 2015.
So, our first five years will finally show fruit (literally) in two years time!
Garden Organic's Heritage Seed Library
Garden Organic is not a gene bank and all their collection, once they have
enough seed will become available to members. Members receive their
choice of up to six varieties and there is also an informal Seed Swap section
run between members themselves. An extremely important and highly valued
contribution to GO’s work is made by volunteer Seed Guardians. Seed
Guardians are members who have decided to take on the extra responsibility
of growing seed, which is what we intend at Rowsley Heritage Plants.
A long term mission
Do you remember the fruit and
vegetables you ate when you were
young? Food with taste, colour and
texture. The huge varieties still exist
in small pockets, and we want to try
and help preserve them for the
natural genetic pool and for the
benefit of future generations.
© 2011 Rowsley Heritage Plants