Seed Cleaned
Seed Mixtures
Empty harvesting
Contract Seeding
Brush Acid Grassland
Cornfield Annuals
Emptying
Local Provenance Seed
Brush Harvesting
Plug Plants

Heritage Seeds have been  brush harvesting from heathland and grassland communities since the mid-eighties, our first contract was an oil pipe-line crossing several SSSI’s in Dorset. We started using vacuum machines but quickly adapted and now use low impact brush harvesters. Click here for details of the sites we currently harvest.

Local Provenance Seed Collection The process:

The donor site

A site free from noxious weeds and improvement by overseeding . The most valuable communities are normally steeply sloping or have poor access.

Collect the seed

We have developed two light and low impact machines , both with hydraulically adjustable headers, these allow us to follow contours and changes in sward height whilst avoiding ant communities and scrub that are common on most sites.
Each machine has a curtain to exclude invertebrates

Cooling and drying

The seed is cooled using forced air and taken to our farm, here it is fully cooled and dried carefully, this first 48 hour period being crucial to the viability of the seed.

Threshing

Once dry, the material is threshed using a closed loop system, this allows us to make sure we keep all of the seed collected.

Cleaning and Storage

The seed is then cleaned through several stages and refrigerated, to retain viability. Seed for civil engineering projects such as pipeline restoration benefit from these controlled conditions and this greatly improves the storage life and viability of harvested seed.

Analysis

The representation of species from each lot of clean seed is recorded , this helps monitoring of the development of each site and economic sowing of the seed.