About Us

Emorsgate Seeds is a family business producing wild seeds.

Established in 1980 by Donald MacIntyre, and now farming wild seeds on 800 acres, we are the oldest and largest producers of wild seeds in the British Isles. We have held a Royal Warrant for the supply of wild seeds to HRH The Prince of Wales since 2014.

In the beginning, way back in 1980, we collected our first seeds by hand from wastelands in the East End of London, where all manner of interesting “weeds” grow. At the very same time, Dr Terry Wells and colleagues at The Institute for Terrestrial Ecology (Monks Wood) were conducting plot experiments using wild seed. This work resulted in the publication of the first manual on wild grassland creation: “Creating attractive grasslands using native plant species”. Suitably inspired, Emorsgate Seeds was established to provide the seeds that are required for wild grassland creation and restoration.

Over the intervening years we have gradually improved and expanded our wild seed production, processing and storage facilities. Our method has always been to marry the best of botanical and ecological scientific knowledge with sustainable and eco-friendly agricultural techniques, in a nature friendly way.

Today, we have wild seed farms near Bath in Somerset (on alkaline soils) and near King’s Lynn in Norfolk (on neutral soils). While the business is still headed by Donald MacIntyre, he is now ably assisted by the next generation of MacIntyre’s, all well qualified and taking on leadership roles. They are supported, in turn, by a loyal team of skilled employees growing, harvesting, processing and packing wild seeds, as well as undertaking research and surveys, and providing technical advice.

So, where does that odd name come from? Well, Emorsgate is a little known corner of the village of Terrington St Clement in Norfolk. It is the spot where we grew our first small crop of wild seeds, with a loan of £2,000.