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The Heritage Seed Library (HSL) sends out 40,000 plus packets of seeds containing rare and endangered varieties to its members and others every year. In this way vegetable varieties that are not widely available and may be threatened are conserved and brought back to prominence.

The scheme is operated by Garden Organic, a UK charity for organic growing (formerly Henry Doubleday Research Association), and all of these seeds are available to members.

The HSL Department maintains a collection, mainly of European varieties, which over the decades have been dropped from popular seed catalogues. Their collection contains many of these but also some landraces and a large number of family heirloom varieties that have never been in a catalogue.

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Saffron Walden CB11 4JG UK

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Saffron Walden CB11 4JG UK 52.024068, 0.215969 Henry Doubleday research Foundation, Saffron Walden, UKAudley End, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4JG, UK (Directions)
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