I first saw Wakehurst Place on BBC's Countryfile and thought it looked like a great place to visit. The Millennium Seed Bank is based here at Wakefield and in 2009 they achieved their target of 10 % of the world's flora seeds! Their new target for 2020 is 25 %. As per the theme of my week I used my newly purchased National Trust membership and so the visit was FREE!
As we looked at the map we realised it was a huge place and would take us all day so we went back to the car and grabbed our picnic lunch, I'm glad we did as it would have been a pain to come all the way back for it. First up we walked to the Millennium Seed Bank, it was opened by HRH Prince Charles in 2000. Its a really cool building. We sat and watched a film about how important it is to store as many of the world's flora seeds as possible. There were lots of seed models for us to look at including the double coconut palm which is huge and the tiny seeds of the Lady's Slipper Orchid, which is the size of a full stop. I loved the seeds they had displayed on the ceiling.
They were shown 20 times their actual size and were moved around by giant sloths-for the life of me I can't remember the name of them though!!
More giant plants!!!!
A really fab place to visit, we'll be visiting again here soon, the next time we are in Sussex.