England’s largest seagrass planting effort needs you!

18 January 2022  /  By Amelia Newman, Seagrass Cultivation Officer

Amelia Newman

It has been an interesting few weeks in the lab. Four tables are now packed with hessian pillows, sand, and seagrass shoots. There have been some tricky moments while we managed the different growth rates and stages. However, the germination rate has continued to average at 20 per cent survival, which is very encouraging.

Now we’re preparing for our next round of planting in March. As with our previous planting efforts, we have LOTS of seed bags to pack. The seeds are currently in dormancy in the lab, but they will be ready to start their new life on the seabed come March.

We’re planning to plant one hectare each at our Plymouth and Solent restoration sites. That’s 40,000 bags to be packed in a very short space of time – when the sea conditions are just right for the seeds to germinate.

This means we need you!

If you would like to help us pack these seed bags and play a crucial part in the UK’s largest seagrass restoration effort, please choose your preferred location from the three below and click to sign up.

National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth – 3, 6, 13, 20 & 22 March FULLY BOOKED

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton – 15 March FULLY BOOKED

University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth – 16 & 17 March FULLY BOOKED

We couldn’t do this without your involvement. Thank you for helping to Save Our Seabed!