Welcome to the SRGC 76th Seed Exchange 2022-2023

We are pleased that we hope to be able to operate a near-normal seed exchange for members again over the coming winter. However, of course, this remains subject to any Covid and legal restrictions which might apply over the seed exchange period.

The seed exchange is open to receive donation of seeds until 31 October 2022.  Seed ordering will be open from first thing (GMT) on 01 December 2022 until midnight (GMT) on 07 January 2023.

Sending Seed Orders to our members: 
Seed Orders to members resident in the EU and Northern Ireland
A normal Exchange operates this year.  All EU countries now also require a phytosanitary certificate for each incoming parcel of seed. We arranged a system last year to have seeds posted onwards to members, and this will continue to operate this coming year.

Seed orders to members resident in Japan
Seed exchange for Japan is suspended. This is because a phytosanitary certificate is also required and all the seeds must be examined by a UK inspector, which incurs a high cost.

Seed orders to members resident in the USA
•    You must have a ‘Small Lots of Seed’ permit, which is issued by APHIS, and which allows you to import seeds into the USA.
•    Details of how to apply for a permit can be found 
•    When you send your seed request, send an up-to-date ‘small lots’ permit and conditions and a green and yellow US Customs APHIS label for that permit.
•    Each permit and label are valid for up to 50 packets of seed, so send one permit and label for your main seed request, 
            and one for each request of 50 packets from the surplus seed.
•    Permits are valid for three years and the ones you send should be valid until at least the end of February 2023.
•    Your permit only allows seed to be sent so do not request any items with a black star in the printed list (or X in the online list), 
            nor live material marked in the printed list (or L in the online list.   These are not permitted and your request is 
            likely to be held up or destroyed if we send these items. 
•    We comply with US regulations, so we will not send seed to the US without a permit.
•    You can post your permits, conditions and customs labels to Chris Parsons, Eastfields Farm, Heighington Lane, Heighington, Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham, DL5 6QG, UK or attach to an email to 
•    You may also send permits in advance with your seed donations.

Seed orders to members resident in Australia
There are lists of allowed/banned plant taxa. Please check your request against these BEFORE placing your order. Australian Customs will destroy or return your whole order to SRGC in the UK if it includes any banned seeds. This year the SRGC cannot fund the new cost of individual phytosanitary certificates, and seed will have to be sent to one recipient in Australia to pack into separate parcels for Australian members. This can only be done if we receive a volunteer – please consider volunteering.

Seed orders to members resident in New Zealand
There are lists of allowed/banned plant taxa. Please check your request against these BEFORE placing your order. NZ Customs will destroy or return your whole order to SRGC in the UK if it includes any banned seeds.

Seed orders to all other Overseas members
Please check with your own government authorities whether your country has any seed import requirements. Let us know what we need to do and send any necessary documentation. We do wish to comply with any laws relating to seed imports.

Glassine Seed Envelopes
These are available for purchase from Barry Caudwell - phone 01828 686709 or  

Seed Distribution Procedure
The West of Scotland Group will manage the distribution of orders. Full details of the arrangements for ordering seed will be included in the seed list and on the website. Orders on paper are discouraged, but if necessary, they must reach the Seed Request Manager, Chris Parsons, Eastfields Farm, Heighington Lane, Heighington, Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham, DL5 6QG, UK by 6th January 2023. 

The seed distribution will begin in mid-January and all main requests will be sent out by late January. Donors’ seed requests are completed first, then non-donors' in order of their arrival date followed by surplus seed requests. This means that main and surplus requests are sent out separately and may arrive a few weeks apart. The whole distribution should be completed by the end of January. Please allow for delays in the postal system, waiting until after 18th February 2023 before enquiring about your seed. All seed correspondence, lists and queries can be sent to . We will ensure that emails reach the relevant manager. 

Seed lists
All members (except those with paperless subscriptions) will receive a seed list automatically by mail in late November. The seed list will be available to all members on the SRGC website from 21st November. Ensure your membership is renewed promptly to ensure you receive a seed list. 

Seed ordering
We encourage all members to both order and pay using our online system to save unnecessary administration time. If you do not have access to a computer yourself (or someone to help input your order), then please contact the Seed Request Manager Chris Parsons, Eastfields Farm, Heighington Lane, Heighington, Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham, DL5 6QG, UK for assistance as early as possible and certainly before posting your order. The online request system will be live from 01 December 2022 until the closing date of 07 January 2023, which is the closing date for receipt of all seed orders.

To order online, please log on to the SRGC website at www.srgc.net with your email address and password. If you’ve not logged in previously, or forgotten your password, you will be able to create or reset it when you try to login. If you haven’t used the online portal before, please use it this year, as the system is very simple. 

Incoming Seed Donations
The seed exchange is open to receive donation of seeds until 31 October 2022.  Seed ordering will be open from first thing (GMT) on 01 December 2022 until midnight (GMT) on 07 January 2023.

Incoming seed donations this coming autumn will be partly affected by new phytosanitary regulations, as detailed below: 

From UK members: seed donation is unaffected; please can you send seed in as normal. 

From EU members: our current understanding is that implementation of these rules for seed from the EU has been delayed until 2023, and so donations from the EU will not require phytosanitary certificates this autumn, and you will be able to donate as normal. 

From members from the rest of the world: we understand that you will need a phytosanitary certificate from your country to send seed to the UK. We appreciate that this will incur extra costs; if you might be prepared to handle seed from a group of members in your country as a way of minimising costs, we would be pleased to hear from you at . If you are considering sending us a large or unusual donation, again, please contact us before you send.

Please send fresh clean seed as early as possible (no later than 31 October 2022) to:
Drs Ian and Carole Bainbridge, 01557 814141, Luckie Harg’s, Anwoth Road, Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas, DG7 2EF, Scotland.

Late seed can be accepted if a list has been received by post or email by 31 October 2022. The seed list will be compiled on 1st November, so late seed may not make the exchange. More details of the Seed Exchange are published in our Dryas Newsletter in July each year, issued to all of our members.

We expect the 2022-2023 exchange to be open for orders from 00:01hrs (GMT) on 01 December 2022.

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