About Me and Heirloom & Perennial
Heirloom & Perennial Ltd is a small company, based in Cornwall, registered as a seed merchant with DEFRA No. 7552.
In this website, I have tried to create a comprehensive online resource, compiling information about species and cultivars from a wide variety of sources, while offering those species for sale at low prices in small packs suitable for home gardeners.
I keep overheads low to keep prices down, and plough income back into the business, constantly sourcing and adding species & cultivars to the website.
I do not sell F1s, GMOs or seed that I know to be treated with chemicals, and am expanding my selection of organic seeds.
Seed is open-pollinated, meaning that you can grow your own seed to use next year. Many of these are heirlooms, bred for taste and the amateur grower, by our ancestors. Commercial breeding is reducing the availability of these heirlooms. By selling them, and encouraging you to grow them and seed-save, I aim to help save these heirlooms from extinction. To my mind they are better than the commercial varieties, for amateur growers, and deserve to be preserved.
I also sell many seeds for perennial edible plants, many of which were grown and eaten by our ancestors, and I try to promote their use in our diets. They can add valuable vitamins to our diets, are generally less work than annuals, and often also provide habitat for wildlife.
I do not grow any of the seed for sale here. Seed is purchased in relatively small wholesale quantities from independent suppliers & growers & repackaged into smaller packs for sale here. All seeds are labelled with growing instructions and dated.
As a grower, myself, I take seed viability very seriously. My system seems to work, but I appreciate that things can sometimes go wrong, and my policy is to always replace seed or refund buyers who are not satisfied.
I love running this business, and hope that my website inspires & encourages people to grow & eat new things. Industrial agriculture & the economic system is damaging our planet's life support systems. Climate change & the loss of biodiversity are two of the challenges facing us as a culture. I hope that my work contributes in some small way to the social change that is necessary at this time in history. Every step we take towards sustainable horticulture & local food solutions is a step away from the precipice before us - capturing carbon, building soils and increasing diversity.
My long-term aim is to create a tree factory & food forest in Cornwall UK. Your purchases help to make this a possibility by helping my business to grow. Thank you.
Andy Hill (owner/director, Heirloom & Perennial Ltd, UK company number 08634567)