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National Mentha Collections

The National Plant Collection® Scheme was originated by and still administered by Plant Heritage previously known as the NCCPG, in the UK. There are no equivalents set-ups in other countries, although The Netherlands and Australia has something approaching it splitting the commercial and the private into two and the USA has a commercially based system, which has not encouraged the small nursery and individuals who are both knowledgeable & enthusiastic, that the Plant Heritage welcomes.

 There are now four National Plant Collections® of Mentha (or mint plants), in the UK. They are all different, reflecting the Collection Holder's spare time, facilities and personal interests, but all consist of a large number of growing mint plants, although not necessarily all mint plants in all Collections. They are all in southern England, two connected to Plant Nurseries and two Private Collection. (There was a fifth Collection in north Wales but this is no longer as from 2015.)

Devon   Cheshire  Gwynedd   Kent   Oxfordshire   West Sussex

Penborn Goat Farm - Devon

National Mentha Collection Holder: Peter Oldfield

Address: Penborn Goat Farm, Bounds Cross, HOLSWORTHY, EX22 6LH

Telephone: 01288 381569


Website: is the section of the website for the plant nursery at Penborn Goats.

Description: "The Collection is planted in containers in deep beds on 1/4 acre site on level ground with easy access. The best time to see the plants is June-Sept. Limited parking."

Opening Times: By appointment, and on specific Open Days - check website for dates.

Directions: "FROM HOLSWORTHY:- Take the NORTH TAMERTON road for 1 mile TURN RIGHT at THORNDON CROSS follow that road for 2.1 miles ,the farm is on your RIGHT.
FROM BRIDGERULE :- Staring in the centre of the village , with the pub on your left side, drive over the bridge and up the hill, just before the brow of the hill TURN RIGHT at FURZE CROSS follow road to BOUNDS CROSS, TURN LEFT, in 400m the farm is on your LEFT."

Mail Order Plant Sales: Yes. Mail order, subject to availability. A range of 50 mints is available as 1 litre pots by Mail Order. Additional potted plants may be available to visitors. For other named forms enquire of the owner. Not everything may be available every season. For what potted plants are currently available go to website page 

Plant Sales to visitors: Yes. Subject to availability. It is probably essential to contact Peter before planning a trip if you have specific mints you would like to buy.

Facilities: Limited parking available. Plants for sale to visitors, by mail order and at some Shows/Farmer's Markets. Although Peter specialises in mints some other herbs may be for sale - see website for current list or RHS Plant Finder for an indication of range. Disabled access, but check with Peter for limitations as it may not all be suitable for wheelchairs, or those who need frames.

Collection Entry Charge : "Donation to selected charity".

Collection Status: Full. 

Collection Size: over 200 taxa

Jean Levy - West Sussex

National Mentha Collection Holder: Jean Levy

Address: Chilgrove Barn, High Street, Chilgrove, CHICHESTER, PO18 9HX

Telephone:  07515 760612


Website: none

Description:  The Collection is grown within a private garden. Most plants are grown in pots or containers in several areas and conditions. Limited parking at the house. Some areas may be difficult for the disabled, but I'm sure Jean will help any mint enthusiasts to see as much as possible.

Opening Times: By appointment only, and Open Week 14th-21st August.

Directions: Chilgrove is a small village located along the B2141 between Lavant and South Harting. The High Street is a small lane winding from the Fish House Restaurant to West Dean Primary School. Chilgrove Barn is on the right just up from the Fish House.

Plant Sales: Enquire of NCH

Entry:  Any voluntary donations to Plant Heritage

Collection Status: Full. Designated 2010

Collection Size: Approximately 200

Iden Croft Herbs - Kent

National Mentha Collection Holder: Iden Croft Herbs

Collection Contact: Ms Tracy Conners-Perry (Nursery Manager), 

Address: Iden Croft Herbs, Frittenden Road, STAPLEHURST, TN12 0DH,

Telephone: 01580 891432

Fax: 01580 892416


Website: No National Collection website or webpage. is the nursery website.

Description: National Collections in 2014 will be on public display on specific Open Days. Telephone to find the dates of the Open Days, or check the website. The individual plants have previously been in typical garden container sized pots on a raised graveled area, which makes them much easier to see, and smell, if Tracy doesn't mind you having a sniff. There may be a charge to see the gardens, but it has been free for the last couple of years.

Mail Order Plant Sales: Yes, from the Nursery. The website online shop lists some plants to buy by this method. Another way to check availability is to go to the RHS Plant Finder entry for the Nursery, choose you plants, enquire by 'phone, email or letter which plants are available by Mail Order at the time, or later. The Collection does not publish a list of taxa itself.  

Plant Sales to visitors: Yes, from the Nursery. Subject to availability, obviously. If you are interested in a particular mint from the RHS Plant Finder list, it would be prudent to ring first to check if it is available. 

Nursery Opening Times: March-Sept Tue and Friday 9am-5pm, Sat, Sun & Bank Hol 11am-5pm; Wednesday and Thursday Closed

Gardens Opening Times: March-July Sat, Sun & Bank Hol 11am-5pm

Gardens Entry : Fee (including Collection previously was £4 adult; £3 conc. children free, but has been free the last couple of years.)

Directions: Signposted from A229, just south of Staplehurst.

Facilities: Dogs permitted, on leads only. Parking available. Toilets available. Refreshments. Seeds and herb-orientated sales area. Large selection of other herbs for sale. Disabled access (but check first for any limitations).

Collection Status: Full

Collection Size: 14 species, 80+ cultivars

David Barrett - Gwynedd, Northwest Wales

This is no longer a National Plant Collection at this address, but if you wish to contact the ex Collection Holder, write to 7 Gwelfor, Rhosgadfan, CAERNARFON, LL54 7HA, or telephone  01286 831480, or email d.s.barrett @


Jeffrey Moore - Oxfordshire

There is no longer a National Plant Collection at this address.


Dr Simon Poole (Mintopia) - Cheshire
Full details will be added soon, in the meantime refer to

National Mentha Collection Holder: Dr Simon Poole

Postal Address: Fullersmoor Cottage, Smithy Lane, Brown Knowl, Cheshire, CH3 9JY

Telephone: 07782 378697



Description: "Mintopia is a plastic-free, organic cottage industry that collects and specialises in Mentha (Mint). We offer bare-root, plug, pot and specimen-sized plants, often propagated to order. Please note that we are not open to the public, but offer an online mail order service. Please contact us if you wish to order plants larger than bare-root to arrange correct payment. Larger plants may take longer to be delivered."

Plant Sales: through website 

Opening Times: Viewing is strictly by appointment.

Entry: --

Directions: --

Facilities: no toilet facilities and nearest is 15 minutes away, if the pub is open. 

Collection Status: Full

Collection Size: on it's way to 150


Note on "Collection Size" : It is difficult for any Mentha Collection Holder to give an accurate number of plants in their Collection. The NCCPG/PlantHeritage wants the number of "taxa", which is how many different forms, not necessarily the number of names, for inclusion in the annually published "National Plant Collections Directory ". The Collection Holder keep a list of the number of "accessions", which is the number of plants from different sources, including duplicate forms, which is greater, and possibly varying in size or currently offer in their published commercial list. However Collection Holders are supposed to make the majority of their Collection available for propagation, for sale or distribution, at their convenience and in quantities they can personally manage. Any numbers of plants given above therefore are a guide, in reality somewhere between the number of accessions and taxa, taken from the current "National Plant Collections Directory", compiled of information usually asked of the Collection Holder by the NCCPG/PlantHeritage each July, and then publish the following March!

There are National Plant Collections® of many of the well known and lesser known garden plants. Information on these can be found at the NCCPG/PlantHeritage website, or in the "National Plant Collections Directory", published every year.

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