In 2017 the Gaia Foundation launched its UK and Ireland Seed Sovereignty programme in order to train market gardeners and small scale seed producers in saving their own seed (and see: http://www.seedsovereignty.info ).
Seeds were, at one time, produced much more widely in the UK. This programme aims to help rekindle the passion for local, open-pollinated and agro-ecological seed. Demand for good quality organic seed is increasing and there is the opportunity for growers to diversify by adding seed crops in their planning. There is also a potential to produce more varieties suited to the UK and Irish climate and markets. Hopefully by raising awareness and supporting more growers to grow for seed, the programme will help existing initiatives and help others to develop.