Freelance Lecturer, Botanist, Himalaya Specialist, Travel and Plant Photographer;
Founder and Editor Himalayan Plant Association; Proprietor Chadwell Seeds
This web-site can be enjoyed at different levels. Use the Navigation Bar on the left to locate topics of interest. Relax by savouring images taken during Chris' travels to a number of countries - whether of wild or garden flowers, scenery or local people. Perhaps delve more deeply into a wide range of projects he is involved in? Chris needs your support to continue these projects. Why not suggest him as a speaker to a local or regional club or society you belong to, join the Himalayan Plant Association or if you are a keen gardener, consider obtaining some fascinating seeds to experiment with or directly make donations to the charities he recommends?
Chris is genuine and cares deeply about the people, places and plants he is involved with
- though, sadly, despite sharing a lot of rather 'private & personal' information on this web-site, it seems some individuals do not believe that Chris is for real (he may be obliged to elaborate about an unpleasant episode, which is on-going, as both his competence and integrity are being questioned; strangely he really does know what he is talking about - which does not apply to everyone!)
*READ MORE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS HOME PAGE
Chris beside the stunning SALVIA HIANS
Chris has dedicated his life, on a not-for-profit basis, to the study of Himalayan flora - read more about the long-term projects he has instigated over a period of 35 years (see PLANT CONSERVATION and BOTANICAL Projects). Why not encourage and support Chris' continuing involvement in these worthwhile endeavours, at the same time as learning more about how to grow Himalayan plants along with the conservation and study of Himalayan flora by joining the Himalayan Plant Association (membership £10)? You would receive lively, informal journals, gain access to a quality seed exchange and the opportunity to attend meetings. For further details see: http://www.chadwellseeds.co.uk/introduction-8
Dhaulagiri - the 'White Mountain', Nepal Himalaya
After returning, seriously ill, from his first expedition (to Ladakh, located in the borderlands of Western Tibet in 1980), Chris discovered that Dr Ralph Stewart (whose doctorate was awarded on the 'Flora of Ladakh' after exploring in the region in 1912-13), was still alive. In 1983 Chris took it upon himself to visit Stewart in California, where he was living at a retirement home for Presbyterian Missionaries. Dr Stewart had spent a life-time studying the flora of the Western Himalaya. Chris was presented with Stewart's final, personally annotated and corrected copy of 'An Annotated Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of West Pakistan and Kashmir' (1972) - which has proven an invaluable reference ever since. The only other copies are at botanical institutions around the world. Chris has consulted it literally thousands of times and forms the basis of his current work on the 'Flora of the Western Himalaya' (see: https://sites.google.com/a/chadwellseeds.co.uk/ffwh/ )
WHAT DOES CHRIS CHADWELL OFFER?
SEEDS FOR DISCERNING and ADVENTUROUS gardeners
ENTERTAINING, INFORMATIVE DIGITAL PRESENTATIONS for clubs and societies
HIMALAYAN PLANT ASSOCIATION - a forum for sharing information on the cultivation, study and conservation of Himalayan flora; Secretary, Editor and main contributor to its journal
SCIENTIFIC, CONSERVATION and EDUCATIONAL projects
TWO INFORMAL BLOGS
and 'WILD FLOWERS OF IVER & DISTRICT':
WEST HIMALAYAN BLUE POPPY (Meconopis aculeata)
Fine peeling bark of HIMALAYAN BIRCH (Betula utilis) shown by Farooq Ahmed in Kashmir
As Proprietor of CHADWELL SEEDS (Established in 1984) Chris offers an exceptional range of seed of rockery subjects, herbaceous perennials, climbers, shrubs and trees 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 a club or 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
SCIENTIFIC, CONSERVATION and EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS in the Himalaya and UK
Chris offers a free identification service for plants photographed in the Himalaya; see: http://www.chadwellseeds.co.uk/introduction-6
Chris is compiling a digital photographic guide to the flora of the Western Himalaya; see: https://sites.google.com/a/chadwellseeds.co.uk/ffwh/
In 2010 Chris 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
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 which 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
In 2015 Chris began his SAVE OUR PLANET'S RARE PLANTS CAMPAIGN; see: http://www.chadwellseeds.co.uk/introduction-to-my-campaign
Chris wishes to explain the ENORMOUS potential of utilising modestly-priced digital cameras to regularly take MANY images of DIFFERENT parts of plants (not JUST a few of the 'pretty' bits). This could GREATLY improve RELIABILITY of identification of plants in the wild and cultivation throughout the world, REVOLUTIONISING their CONSERVATION:
In 2015 Chris began a PHOTOGRAPHIC GUIDE to the FLOWERS OF BUCKINGHAMSHIRE; see: https://sites.google.com/a/chadwellseeds.co.uk/wfob/introduction-4
Chris honouring Prem Nath KOHLI during commemorative event in Delhi, India in 2009
Chris has helped raise meaningful amounts 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 this and others which he judges to be worth supporting. Donations should be directed towards the best charities 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
WHAT IS CHRIS/THIS WEB-SITE REALLY ABOUT?
TRYING TO BRING OUT THE BEST IN PEOPLE.....
CHRIS IS 'A FRIEND OF THE PEOPLES OF THE HIMALAYA' AND THE WORLD'S FLORA. THEY BOTH NEED A VOICE. NATURE CONSERVATION REMAINS IN ITS INFANCY IN TOO MANY REGIONS OF THE WORLD. BOTH LOCAL PEOPLE AND RARE FLORA ARE BEING "LET DOWN". THE PRESENT SITUATION IS UNSATISFACTORY AND CAN ONLY IMPROVE IF THIS IS FACED UP TO.... INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE NEEDS TO BE APPLIED. SHAME ON THOSE WHO IGNORE WHAT THIS WEB-SITE IS DRAWING ATTENTION TO...... ONE CANNOT DISCOVER THE ABUNDANCE OR NOT OF SPECIES EITHER IN THE WILD OR CULTIVATION FROM AN OFFICE OR IF THOSE UNDERTAKING THE SURVEYS HAVE RECEIVED INADEQUATE TRAINING. ARE THE CONVENTIONS AND PROTOCOLS WHICH ARE BEING SIGNED UP TO, ACTUALLY AIDING THE CONSERVATION OF THE WORLD'S FLORA? OR CREATING A FALSE IMPRESSION OF 'ACTION BEING TAKEN'? IS THIS NOT WORSE THAN DOING NOTHING! READ ABOUT CHRIS CAMPAIGN TO 'SAVE THE WORLD'S RARE PLANTS see: https://sites.google.com/a/chadwellseeds.co.uk/main/introduction-to-my-campaign ESPECIALLY HIS CONCERNS ABOUT C.I.T.I.E.S
see: https://sites.google.com/a/chadwellseeds.co.uk/main/c-i-t-e-s TO JUDGE FOR YOURSELF
Chris discussing plants used in Tibetan medicine with a Lama (Buddhist monk) in Ladakh
Chris outside a trekking lodge in Mustang District, Nepal
The admirable sentiments above 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. How many Indian or foreign tourists passing by this statue, actually read it or appreciate the significance of the words? I wish to see India become MIGHTY as Nehru intended her to be, almost 70 years ago. Why not begin with a BETTER approach to nature conservation?
Let me end with an image 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 - they same, sadly, cannot be said for everyone 'pitching' to you on the internet.......
BE 'STREET-WISE' AND SUPPORT THE BEST CHARITIES AND PROJECTS WHICH AS THE BRITAIN-NEPAL MEDICAL TRUST STATES IN ITS LITERTAURE, HELPS
"EMPOWER" THE PEOPLES OF THE HIMALAYA.....
Namaste from the girl's younger brother - they thank all those who have made a donation following the earthquakes in Nepal in 2015.
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 2016
CHRIS CHADWELL'S REPUTATION AT STAKE!
I am sorry to inflict such 'heavy' information on my Home Page (or indeed anywhere on this web-site) but feel OBLIGED to attempt to defend my reputation (and by association that of P.N.Kohli). Fingers crossed, I shall not have to respond to adverse publicity - which may or may not materialise. Excuse being so vague but must chose my words carefully (which of course I do not always do.....). I don't think it is my criticisms on this web-site which have led to the what has been happening to me recently? Surely not! Nevertheless, I can categorically state that I am an honourable and trustworthy person. Those booking my lectures, ordering seed from me or supporting me can be assured of this. They can rely upon the advice and recommendations I give.
I have decided to comment about aspects of my activities, which previously I felt unnecessary - it was not about "concealing anything untoward" - after all, there already is and has been (the content chops and changes a bit) rather a lot (some may judge far too much information on this site already).... I am deeply upset that certain individuals seem determined to try and paint me in an unfavourable light. This is unfair and inaccurate. They are ill-informed. Anyone who has suffered a similar fate(who can "read between the lines") will sympathise.
Hopefully, this additional, again rather private and personal information (which I don't see too many others providing) will also address any LEGITIMATE concerns anyone has about me.
I do realise that the content of not every web-site can be trusted. Decidedly 'dodgy' characters do exist and some may use web-sites to conceal illegal activities. Too often, "fake charities" can be a front, with Westerners being "taken in". Anyone reading this can rest assured that The Britain-Nepal Medical Trust (see: http://www.chadwellseeds.co.uk/britain-nepal-medical-trust ) does enjoy a good reputation. And such 'fake' sites exist in all countries. Prior to web-sites, a long-standing friend of mine, talked of things, "being on paper only"... But does anyone actually reading the content of this web-site seriously suggest I am making it all up!?
Does this mean, everyone is under suspicion? Or is it that we live in a world that the only stories the media are interested in are ones "exposing" shortcomings or legitimately, pursuing serious offences that have been committed? Is the only news (apart form a token "good news" story) BAD news? Thankfully, I had never in the past experienced anyone attempting to "twist" what I said or take comments "out of context"! I am starting to observe the techniques employed by some journalists more closely and am not impressed..... I have often thought, "that is NOT what was actually said" or "actually meant" but lets not spoil a GOOD story by worrying about being inaccurate or misleading!
There is much that I have done and am trying to do towards the study (and until the basics are done right, nothing else can follow) and conservation of Himalayan flora. What about my projects and sound proposals to transform the vegetation of parts of Ladakh or help stabilise soil in Nepalese villages? These have never received any attention from the media. I personally am in an ideal position to HELP in the Himalaya in many more ways, yet am ignored - the plants and associated environment of parts of the Himalaya have been abandoned. The world sits by and does nothing other than coming up with more rules and regulations which are going to damage conservation efforts! I am sorry, just because "rules and regulations" are 'legal' (and thus must be abided by) does not mean they always make sense or are morally correct. Just because an individual, organisation, institution or country apparently "follows the rules" does not automatically mean they are on the moral high ground!
Finally, I draw attention to my late grandfather: http://www.chadwellseeds.co.uk/leonard-chadwell-mc