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Seed Distribution and Collection

Seed should be collected cleaned, dry, free of chaff and clearly labelled with printed names. It is also important to ensure that seeds are contained in completely sealed packets. It would greatly help if a typed list could be sent with the consignment, and/or a copy emailed to Pat Huff and George Battle.

They should be sent by post to arrive by 1ST December each year to:

Dr Pat Huff, Castle House, Leighton Bromswold, HUNTINGDON,
Cambridgeshire, PE28 5AX

Members who contribute seed will receive a copy of the seed-list two weeks ahead of other members and an allocation of free packets of seed. Donors will receive one free packet of seed for every two species Lilium seed, and one free packet for every three of other seed donated to a maximum of 10 free packets. They may order up to 100 seed packets.
Non donors may order to a maximum of 30 seed packets.

The seed list will be available in digital form as a PDF file as well as the printed version. It will contain full instructions for ordering and purchase of seed. Those without internet access will receive a printed copy.
Seed orders will be accepted by e-mail but it is emphasised that every effort will be made to ensure those unable to use e-mail will not be put at a disadvantage.

Seed contributors in the UK may opt for a printed list but other members requiring a copy should send a request together with a first-class stamp to
George Battle,
Oaklands, Gorst Hill, Rock, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY14  9YR

or send an e-mail request for a digital version to 

The Nagoya Protocol and the collection of wild seed

A small but significant change to the donation of wild seed has resulted from the Nagoya Protocol (full title
Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization) which came into force in 2014. This has been ratified by the U.K and all E. U. countries but not currently by Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand or the U.S.A.
In practical terms, we would ask members in signatory countries who collect wild seed to ensure they have any necessary permits. Details of these ought to be retained by the member her/himself. As a U.K. based society, we have a duty to make our members aware of these broad requirements and to respect the spirit of the Protocol wherever seed originates from.
New countries are regularly signing up to the protocol and an up-to-date list of signatory countries may be found at:

Pollen Exchange

Members are asked to think seriously about Pollen Exchange in order to increase the setting of seed in reluctant or 'sterile' Lilies thereby increasing the conservation and production of species and interesting hybrids.
Click here for more information

2018 Timetable for Seed List Mailing

All Lily Group members will receive the PDF version of the List unless they request a paper copy. UK Non-donors will need to send a 1st Class stamp to me at the address given below with such a request.

Please treat these guidelines as targets.

By end of 3rd week in January post to Australia, NZ & Japan, Canada, USA

By middle of 4th week in January post to European & UK donors

By approximately 25th January
email PDF List to all donors

By 2nd week of February post to UK non-donors

By approximately 12th February
email PDF List to all non-donors

Please email me to confirm receipt of the Seed List.
If you have not received your Seed List a week or more after these guideline dates,
please email me
as soon as possible at:

Ordering instructions are detailed in the seed list and will be accepted up to March 18th 2017