Modern-day Plant Hunter, Freelance Lecturer, Botanist,
Himalayan Consultant, Travel and Plant Photographer
Leader of 29 expeditions to the Himalaya
Proprietor of Chadwell Seeds since 1984.
FOUNDER OF THE 'SAVE OUR PLANET'S RARE PLANTS CAMPAIGN'!
Chris beside the stunning SALVIA HIANS - who wouldn't like this in their garden?
Chris with Lamas (Buddhist monks) at a Monastery in Little Tibet
WHAT IS CHRIS CHADWELL DOING ABOUT THE DISASTER IN NEPAL? See:
YOU CAN STILL GET A COPY OF THE 2015 CHADWELL SEEDS CATALOGUE BUT I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND EUROPEAN OR NORTH AMERICAN GARDENERS BUYING NOW. INSTEAD, REQUEST A COPY OF MY JANUARY 2016 CATALOGUE (WITH FRESH SUPPLIES OF 2015 HARVEST SEED):
INSTEAD, HOW ABOUT TAKING A SHARE IN MY 2015 EXPEDITION SEED-COLLECTING TO THE HIMALAYA THIS AUTUMN? (seed is posted out in December but shares must be paid for in advance) FURTHER DETAILS : https://sites.google.com/a/chadwellseeds.co.uk/main/prospectus
Dhaulagiri - the 'White Mountain', Nepal Himalaya
WHAT DOES CHRIS CHADWELL OFFER?
AUTHENTIC seed for DISCERNING and ADVENTUROUS gardeners
ENTERTAINING, INFORMATIVE digital presentations for clubs and societies
SCIENTIFIC, CONSERVATION and EDUCATIONAL projects
CHRIS HAS THREE INFORMAL BLOGS
'FLOWERS OF THE HIMALAYA':
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 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 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 IS A PASSIONATE 'ADVOCATE' OF THE TRUE POTENTIAL OF DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY TO BECOME AN INDISPENSABLE TOOL TO STUDY FLORA - WHICH COULD TRANSFORM FAMILIARITY WITH AND RELIABLE IDENTIFICATION OF, WILD AND GARDEN PLANTS ALL OVER THE WORLD.
THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF 'CONCERN' EXPRESSED ABOUT PLANT CONSERVATION BUT UNLESS PLANTS ARE ACCURATELY IDENTIFIED IN THE FIRST PLACE THEY CANNOT BE CONSERVED!!
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
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.....
DESPITE THE VERY STRONG CRITICISM VOICED ON SOME PAGES OF THIS SITE, CHRIS IS 'A FRIEND OF THE PEOPLES OF THE HIMALAYA'. THEY AND THE WILD PLANTS AROUND THEM NEED A VOICE. NATURE CONSERVATION REMAINS IN ITS INFANCY IN THE INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT. HE IS ASSUMING THIS ROLE AND TAKES HIS RESPONSIBILITIES VERY SERIOUSLY. BOTH LOCAL PEOPLE AND RARE FLORA ARE BEING "LET DOWN". THE PRESENT SITUATION IS A 'SHAM' AND CAN ONLY IMPROVE IF THIS IS FACED UP TO.... INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE NEEDS TO BE APPLIED.
SHAME ON THOSE WHO IGNORE WHAT HE IS DRAWING ATTENTION TO......
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 (in 2012). 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, HELPING
"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 2015
RECENT SITE ACTIVITY
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