Plant Recording Systems : Persephone

There are many options available to National Collection Holders to record their data. This information on Persephone is the first of a series looking at some of the systems available. Information kindly provided by Penny Ross and Doug Smith.


With the dark winter evenings now upon us, you may be thinking about working on the records of your National Plant Collection.  If so, there is help on hand from a new online recording system called Persephone.

Persephone has been designed by National Collection Holder David Ross, for Plant Heritage.  It is very easy to use.  As a collection holder, you can login to a secure website where you can record information about your collection and add pictures and other data if you wish. Once on the system, all or part of your data can be securely shared with others who you would like to see it, such as your Coordinator or fellow NCHs or others with an interest in your collection.    The data is not available to the general public via the world-wide-web, although this is a potential future development for those collection holders who would welcome it.

The system was trialled, last year, by a group of NCHs who also contributed to the development of further enhancements.

We would now like to give others the opportunity to join those who are already using the system.  If you have your data stored on another electronic system (such as Access, Excel or even Word), it can be imported to Persephone and this work can be done for you.  Help may also be given with transferring paper records on a case-by-case basis.  Use of Persephone is free of charge to National Collection Holders.

To find out more or to receive a link to the ‘Tour of Persephone’ video, please contact the Persephone team (details below).  The team would also like to hear from others who would be interested in supporting Persephone users around the country.  If you enjoy using computers and have excellent organisational skills, this is an interesting voluntary role, and training will be provided by Doug, Penny or David.

Dr Doug Smith (NCH Araliaceae , Eucalyptus & 01329 833253,

David Ross (NCH Hesperantha coccinea cvs) 01363 866401

Dr Penny Ross (as above)