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True Harvest Seeds

Registered

Charity no. 100201 Date registered. 02/06/2014

Public benefits

The first purpose of True Harvest seeds is: 1(a) Promote for the benefit of the community and future generations the conservation, protection and improvement of biodiversity through the provision of a botanical garden, a seed bank and repatriation of lost plant species, to protect endangered species in accordance with the convention on

international trade in endangered species (CITES). (b) Source viable Irish native and naturalised seed. The benefits flowing from this purpose include helping to secure a future food supply and conserving and promoting biodiversity which all the public will benefit from. This in turn also helps reduce the loss of agricultural biodiversity which is of benefit to the public now and also future generations. Also by conserving the heritage of the seeds anyone interested in growing any species will have access to the generally available seed bank. These benefits can be demonstrated through records kept of all the species of seeds being conserved and protected. There is no harm flowing from this purpose and no one gains a private benefit from it. The second purpose of True Harvest Seeds is: (2) Advance the education of the public so as to increase their knowledge, understanding, appreciation and awareness of: i. Vegetable and other appropriate seeds, their value and the benefits arising from their conservation; ii. The principles and practice of maintaining seed biodiversity and sustainable development; iii. The design and application of seed conservation projects in the community; iv. Educating trainers and teachers and developing training aids for schools to tie in with their curriculum; v. The benefits arising from the maintenance of organic principles. The benefits flowing from this purpose include an improvement in knowledge through training courses, where interested members of the public will develop their individual capabilities and competencies and increase their knowledge of the processes involved. These benefits can be demonstrated through the attendance figures at the training course and feedback from attendees. There is no harm flowing from this purpose and no one gains a private benefit from it. The third purpose of True Harvest Seeds is: (3) Provide and promote information and interpretive material about vegetable seeds. The benefits flowing from this purpose include trainers and teachers using approved True Harvest Seeds methods and training aids which will benefit pupils and other interested members of their communities and NGO’s from having a high standard of accurate quality information. These benefits can be demonstrated through the attendance figures of the training courses and feedback from both attendees and trainers. There is no harm flowing from this purpose and no one gains a private benefit from it. The fourth purpose of True Harvest Seeds is: (4) Promote, foster and carry on study and research into the principles and practice of seed saving and to publish the useful results of such research. The benefits which flow from this purpose include an improved knowledge for any interested parties such as academics, ecologists, farmers and growers through access to freely available results of research undertaken by the organisation. These benefits can be demonstrated through records of the number of people accessing this information. There is no harm flowing from this purpose and no one gains a private benefit from it.

What your organisation does

True Harvest Seeds has only recently been established in December 2013. The aims and the objectives of the group are:- To promote for the benefit of the community and future generations the conservation, protection and improvement of biodiversity through the provision of a botanical garden, a seed bank and repatriation of lost plant species to

protect endangered species in accordance with the convention on international trade in endangered species (CITES); Source viable Irish native and naturalised seed; To advance the education of the public so as to increase their knowledge, understanding, appreciation and awareness of: Vegetables and other appropriate seeds, their value and the benefits arising from their conservation; The principles and practice of maintaining seed biodiversity and sustainable development. The design and application of seed conservation, projects in the community; Educate trainers and teachers and developing training aids for school to tie in with the curriculum; The benefits arising from the maintenance of organic principles; Provide and promote information and interpretive material about vegetable seeds and Promote, foster and carry out study and research into the principles and practice of seed saving and to publish the useful results of such research.

The charity’s classifications

  • The advancement of education
  • The advancement of the arts, culture, heritage or science
  • The advancement of environmental protection or improvement

Who the charity helps

  • Adult training
  • Children (5-13 year olds)
  • General public
  • Learning disabilities
  • Older people
  • Voluntary and community sector
  • Volunteers
  • Youth (14-25 year olds)

How the charity works

  • Cross-border/cross-community
  • Education/training
  • Environment/sustainable development/conservation
  • Heritage/historical
  • Research/evaluation
  • Rural development
  • Volunteer development

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 December 2021

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 December 2020

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 December 2019

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charitable purposes

The purposes as stated under clause 4 of the Articles of Association of True Harvest Seeds Ltd are: 1) (a) Promote for the benefit of the community and future generations the conservation, protection and improvement of biodiversity through the provision of a botanical garden, a seed bank and repatriation of lost plant species, to protect endangered species in accordance with the convention on international trade in endangered species (CITES). (b) Source viable Irish native and naturalised seed. 2) Advance the education of the public so as to increase their knowledge, understanding, appreciation and awareness of: i. Vegetable and other appropriate seeds, their value and the benefits arising from their conservation; ii. The principles and practice of maintaining seed biodiversity and sustainable development; iii. The design and application of seed conservation projects in the community; iv. Educating trainers and teachers and developing training aids for schools to tie in with their curriculum; v. The benefits arising from the maintenance of organic principles. 3) Provide and promote information and interpretive material about vegetable seeds. 4) Promote, foster and carry on study and research into the principles and practice of seed saving and to publish the useful results of such research.

Governing document

Memorandum and Articles

Other name

  • 5 Trustees
  • 2 Employees
  • 12 Volunteers

Contact details

Public address

  • True Harvest Seeds, 36 Ardglass Road, Kilclief, Downpatrick, Co Down., BT30 7NS

Trustee board

Trustee
Mr Mark William Bryson Bsc Sociology
Mrs Julia Corinna Cross
Miss Rebecca Knight
Miss Katie Lee Laurence
Mr Michael David Thompson

List of regions

  • In Ireland
  • In Northern Ireland