Modern-day Plant Hunter, Freelance Lecturer,
Travel Photographer and Documentary-maker.
Proprietor of Chadwell Seeds since 1984.
Secretary and Founder 'Himalayan Plant Association'
Botanist and Leader of 29 expeditions to the Himalaya.
Chris beside stunning SALVIA HIANS in the NW Himalaya
For the latest on the situation in Nepal (including ways you might be able to help), see: NEPAL EARTHQUAKES (2015):
An article GARDENERS CAN AID NEPAL CRISIS written by Editor Ian Hodgson, has been published in the May 23rd edition of GARDEN NEWS magazine, drawing attention to my suggestion that gardeners can aid the earthquake crisis in Nepal, by opening their gardens and selling plants to help raise funds for relief work see: https://sites.google.com/a/chadwellseeds.co.uk/main/recent-articles
Chris with Lamas (Buddhist monks) at a Monastery in Little Tibet
YOU CAN STILL GET A COPY OF THE 2015 CHADWELL SEEDS CATALOGUE (I often do not get round to sowing seed myself until May or even early June and get perfectly good results):
SHARES ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN MY 2015 EXPEDITION SEED-COLLECTING TO THE HIMALAYA - SEE : https://sites.google.com/a/chadwellseeds.co.uk/main/prospectus
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN ABOUT CHRIS CHADWELL'S THOUGHTS ON PLANT CONSERVATION:
AUTHENTIC seed for DISCERNING and ADVENTUROUS gardeners
ENTERTAINING, INFORMATIVE digital presentations for clubs and societies
SCIENTIFIC, CONSERVATION and EDUCATIONAL projects in the HIMALAYA
TRAVEL CDs DOCUMENTING FLOWERS and PEOPLE in the HIMALAYA
I NOW HAVE THREE INFORMAL BLOGS
'FLOWERS OF THE HIMALAYA':
and 'WILD FLOWERS OF IVER & DISTRICT':
AND OFFER ADVICE ABOUT VISITING THE HIMALAYA
KEEPING SAFE IN THE HIMALAYA:
As Proprietor of CHADWELL SEEDS (Established in 1984) I offer an exceptional range of rarely available seed of rockery subjects, herbaceous perennials, climbers, shrubs and trees from various parts of the world for discerning and adventurous gardeners. See CHADWELL SEEDS section for further details.
Chris has proven to be a popular and versatile public-speaker, having delivered hundreds of entertaining and informative lectures around the UK. His latest digital presentations appeal to garden clubs, specialist horticultural societies along with more general audiences such as National Trust Centres and U3A groups. He has undertaken lecture tours and speaking engagements in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, France, Ireland and India. Audiences now regularly remark that the images he shows at his lectures are amongst the best they have ever seen.
Why not suggest him as a speaker to the programme secretary of a society you belong to?
(See DIGITAL PRESENTATIONS FOR CLUBS and SOCIETIES section of this web-site for
details of the topics he offers, his availability and fees)
Title slide of two of Chris' digital presentations
Small groups near to his home in Langley (on the outskirts of Slough), who do not have the budget to pay his usual fee, can consider booking him to give a lively presentation about local WILD FLOWERS or the history of the CHADWELLS of IVER and district - in return for providing a lift and a collection afterwards towards one of the charities he supports.
Or why not book his youngest son, Joseph, to speak about Turkey, the natural history of Black and Langley Parks or the wild flowers of the North Yorkshire Moors and Snowdonia? But be sure to "catch him whilst you can", as he is only available until summer 2016. After that he will be studying at university. See: http://www.chadwellseeds.co.uk/istanbul-a-turkish-delight and
SCIENTIFIC, CONSERVATION and EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS in the Himalaya and UK
In 2010 Chris Chadwell established the FLOWERS FIT FOR A DALAI LAMA Plant Conservation Project, offering long-term advice on the cultivation and identification of Himalayan plants used in Tibetan Medicine. See: https://sites.google.com/a/chadwellseeds.co.uk/main/introduction
Chris is in the process of resurrecting my private herbarium, into the PREM NATH KOHLI DIGITAL HERBARIUM which is the reference source for an A-Z PHOTOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO WESTERN HIMALAYAN FLORA (see: https://sites.google.com/a/chadwellseeds.co.uk/main/introduction-2 )
He is also resurrecting his small private garden, which due to extreme circumstances, as largely 'removed' during 2014. This will develop into 'THE HIMALAYAN GARDEN' - the world's smallest botanical garden, see: https://sites.google.com/a/chadwellseeds.co.uk/main/slough-england
Through awards of the KOHLI MEMORIAL GOLD MEDAL, on behalf of the Himalayan Plant Association, recognition is brought to individuals (past and present-day), along with Institutions in the Himalaya, who have made a significant contribution to the study, cultivation or conservation of Himalayan flora. SEE: https://sites.google.com/a/chadwellseeds.co.uk/main/introduction-1
Chris honouring Prem Nath KOHLI during commemorative event in Delhi, India in 2009
A good place to view a fine selection of Himalayan plants in cultivation is in the Sheffield Botanical Garden. Eric Lee, along with members of FOBS (Friends of the Botanical Garden, Sheffield) have established a HIMALAYAN GARDEN. See PLANTS GROWN FROM PREVIOUS EXPEDITIONS:
Chris' interests are not limited to Himalaya flora, he gives digital presentations to clubs and societies on WILD FLOWERS OF BRITAIN, is Botanical Recorder for Iver and District Countryside Association, compiling a photographic record of the flora - he is currently preparing a series of CDs showing the scenery and wild flowers which can be seen on walks around his local countryside, see: http://www.chadwellseeds.co.uk/introduction-4
TRAVEL CDs DOCUMENTING FLOWERS and PEOPLE in the HIMALAYA, local walks in UK
Chris has begun preparing CDs for sale covering the wild flowers, mountains, lakes, culture and peoples of the Himalaya and borderlands of Tibet. Given his familiarity with the region his first will be about KASHMIR, entitled 'PARADISE ON EARTH'. Others will follow covering Ladakh, Nepal and Lahoul. For further details SEE: https://sites.google.com/a/chadwellseeds.co.uk/main/buy-travel-cds
He has also begun a series about the flowers, scenery and something of the local history of South Buckinghamshire and East Berkshire which can be seen by exploring along footpaths. For further details see: https://sites.google.com/a/chadwellseeds.co.uk/main/introduction-4
Chris has raised money over a period of more than twenty years for a number of organisations and charities operating in the Himalaya, particularly The Britain-Nepal Medical Trust (BNMT) and wishes to draw attention to others which he judges to be worth supporting.
Funds should be directed towards the best operating in the Himalaya, with a proven record.
Matthew Chadwell, Chris' eldest son visiting the BNMT's Kathmandu HQ in 2010
Following recent terrible events in Nepal, Chris Chadwell is now offering IN RETURN FOR A DONATION TO 'The Britain-Nepal Medical Trust', to deliver digital presentations on Nepal. See: https://sites.google.com/a/chadwellseeds.co.uk/main/topics-and-availability
BRINGING OUT THE BEST IN PEOPLE.....
Chris outside a trekking lodge in Mustang District, Nepal
The admirable sentiments of India's first prime minister after Independence in 1947, inscribed below his statue in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. The world would be a better place if every nation and individual citizen in the world, adopted such a philosophy. INDIA is certainly helping a lot (as it should) towards the aid effort in Nepal, not least the vital helicopter pilots. Helicopters being the ONLY way to speedily access remote communities - many tracks and roads have been blocked by landslides.
Let me end with images of a cute Nepali girl (highly intelligent and full of enthusiasm for life - who was rightly unimpressed that whilst she could speak English, my Nepali was minimal) holding one of my business cards, whilst looking after her younger brother. Let us celebrate and help protect their charm and innocence. She and the people of Nepal deserve better in the future. We can do "our bit" by making sure aid monies are spent more effectively than they have been in the past.... Why not find out more about the ways I and others try to "put something back" in the Himalaya? Take a look at the different sections of this site and then help me or directly support charities I can recommend - which are genuine. I can be trusted, as a person of integrity.
SO BE 'STREET-WISE' AND SUPPORT THE BEST CHARITIES AND PROJECTS WHICH HELP, AND AS THE BRITAIN-NEPAL MEDICAL TRUST STATES IN ITS LITERTAURE
"EMPOWER" THE PEOPLES OF THE HIMALAYA.....
Namaste from the girl's younger brother
PHOTOGRAPHS ON THIS WEB-SITE
Please note that I currently do not 'water-mark' the photos on this web-site, for aesthetic reasons nor do they carry an individual copyright notice. BUT they are MY photos (unless indicated otherwise and for those named photographers, they are shown 'on my behalf'). It is my expectation that EVERYONE viewing images on this site agrees to abide by this relaxed, old-fashioned approach. Permission MUST still be sought from me at: email@example.com if you wish to utilise any of them in ANY way. In most cases I shall agree. I always TRY and behave as a gentleman, treating people with respect and trust others will do likewise.
© Chris Chadwell 2015
RECENT SITE ACTIVITY
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