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.
GET A COPY OF THE 2015 CHADWELL SEEDS CATALOGUE (it is still a good time to sow seeds; I often do not get round to sowing 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':
DO NOT END UP CARRYING THE BURDEN OF THE DEATH OF A FATHER OF ANY CHILD IN NEPAL, WHILST WORKING AS A PORTER OR GUIDE DURING YOUR TREK - IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP THEM SAFE! YOU CANNOT ASSUME THEY HAVE MUCH EXPERIENCE, LET ALONE TRAINING. THE SAME APPLIES TO YOUR CHILDREN OR YOUR GRANDCHILDREN, ESPECIALLY THOSE 'TRAVELLING' IN NEPAL, WHO CASUALLY DECIDE TO TAKE ON A TREK WELL BEYOND THEIR CAPABILITIES; THEY ARE UNLIKELY TO BE AS WORLDLY-WISE, AS YOU.... IT IS ALL VERY WELL BEING SORRY AFTERWARDS..... EVERYONE VISITING THE HIMALAYA NEEDS TO SHOW GREATER RESPECT FOR THE MOUNTAINS AND THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THEM. DOES THE PORTER OR GUIDE HAVE INSURANCE? WHAT WOULD HIS FAMILY DO IF HE IS INJURED AND CANNOT WORK OR DIES? JUST BECAUSE THE NEPALI OFFERING HIS SERVICES AS A 'GUIDE' IS FRIENDLY DOES NOT MEAN THEY HAVE MUCH IDEA WHAT THEY ARE DOING. SO IT IS OFTEN A MATTER OF, 'THE BLIND, LEADING THE BLIND'. AGREE, 9 TIMES OUT OF TEN, THESE YOUNG PEOPLE WILL "GET AWAY WITH IT" BUT SOONER, RATHER THAN LATER, THERE WILL BE MORE DEATHS EITHER OF FOREIGNERS OR NEPALESE.
ANYONE PLANNING A TREK IN THE HIMALAYA SHOULD 'TAKE ON BOARD' MY THOUGHTS, BASED UPON 35 YEARS EXPERIENCE. MOUNTAINS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD NEED TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY, ESPECIALLY THOSE ON A SCALE GREATER THAN ELSEWHERE. IF YOU HAVE YOUNGER RELATIVES OR FRIENDS WHO MIGHT UNDERTAKE A TREK ON THE 'SPUR OF THE MOMENT' WHEN IN KATHMANDU OR INDIA, INSIST THEY TAKE A LOOK AT THE LINK BELOW- JUST IN CASE YOU FEEL THEY ARE LIKELY TO BE DISMISSIVE OF ADVICE FROM AN 'OLD MAN' LIKE ME, TELL THEM THAT AFTER A RECENT POWER-POINT PRESENTATION TO 6TH FORMERS AT A BRITISH SCHOOL, I WAS DESCRIBED AS 'SICK' (WHICH FOR THOSE UNFAMILIAR WITH THE SLANG USAGE OF THE WORD, IS ACTUALLY RATHER COMPLIMENTARY). IT IS A WORTH A TRY, AS BOTH THEIR LIVES AND JUST AS IMPORTANTLY, THE LIVES OF PORTERS AND GUIDES ARE AT STAKE, AS EVENTS THIS PAST YEAR IN NEPAL ILLUSTRATE:
I CONSIDER THAT EVERYONE UNDERTAKING A TREK IN THE HIMALAYA SHOULD HAVE RELEVANT FIRST-AID TRAINING. IT IS UNLIKELY THAT YOUR GUIDE WILL HAVE HAD ANY TRAINING OR CARRY EVEN THE MOST BASIC FIRST-AID KIT, LET ALONE ANY MEDICAL SUPPLIES OR KNOW HOW TO USE THEM! YES, MOBILE PHONE USAGE IS WIDESPREAD BUT NOT EVERY PART OF EVERY TREK HAS COVERAGE, NOR WILL HELICOPTERS AUTOMATICALLY COME TO YOUR RESCUE. IT IS THE TREKKER'S RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW WHAT THE SITUATION IS.
* I AM CURRENTLY PREPARING A GUIDE TO 'KEEPING SAFE WHEN VISITING THE HIMALAYA', TO BE AVAILABLE BY E-MAIL AS A PDF OR ON A CD., IN RETURN FOR A DONATION TO THE BNMT. MY TARGET IS FOR THE FIRST 'EDITION' TO BE READY BY SUMMER 2015.
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 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 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
Chris has recently begun collaborating with Krishnan Lal, with a view to helping him with the publication of an illustrated flora and various guides, to the wild flowers of the Indian State of Himachal Pradesh See: https://sites.google.com/a/chadwellseeds.co.uk/main/introduction-7
A selection of Krishnan's fine images of Western Himalayan flowers can be viewed within BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS OF HIMACHAL HIMALAYA: http://www.chadwellseeds.co.uk/plant-portraits
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
If you look at the bottom of the side-bar, you will see which sections have been up-dated/amended recently. As an aid to those who visit the site regularly, I shall highlight the most note-worthy additions in recent months.
We all applauded Malala Yousafzai becoming the youngest ever Noble Peace Prize laureate at the end of last year - please note that the prize was awarded jointly with Kailash Satyarthi from India, "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education" . She is known mainly for human rights advocacy for education and for women in her native Swat Valley, Pakistan. In some very small way I wish to express my support by drawing attention to the natural beauty of Swat. Given that International news tends to concentrate upon natural disasters and distressing events, let us, briefly at least, celebrate the beauty of this part of Northern Pakistan. It is important to be positive....
The entry about the Swat Valley, Pakistan (see above) has prompted me to begin, thanks to the late Dr R.R. Stewart something similar covering the flora of Afghanistan (see: https://sites.google.com/a/chadwellseeds.co.uk/main/flora-of-afghanistan ).
Just received a copy of the January 2015 issue of THE ROCK GARDEN (Journal of the Scottish Rock Garden Club) which contains an article by the late Martin Carter, entitled FROM THE 'LAST PLACE ON EARTH' TO SCOTLAND. Martin was a founder and enthusiastic member of the Himalayan Plant Association, to whom I owe a considerable debt. See: https://sites.google.com/a/chadwellseeds.co.uk/main/recent-articles
Decided to add (not another, you might exclaim) section to this web-site, TRAVELS IN UK (2015) covering a range of outings to attend lectures and for other purposes see:
The OLD PALUDIANS 2015 Centenary Reunion has prompted to add a lot more material about CHADWELL FAMILY HISTORY see:
My youngest son returned inspired from a visit to Turkey and now offers digital presentations himself (local to our home only) in return for a donation to Oxfam, see: http://www.chadwellseeds.co.uk/istanbul-a-turkish-delight
and is taking an interest in the natural history of his local area, see:
After years of resistance, I have decided to start three informal 'mini-blogs' within this web-site, as a good way of sharing, on a regular basis, some of the pictures I take and knowledge accumulated. There should be something of interest, whether or not you are into wild flowers, garden flowers or seeds. I consider that I have sophisticated tastes - and am sure you do as well, so enjoy some armchair travel:
'FLOWERS OF THE HIMALAYA': https://sites.google.com/a/chadwellseeds.co.uk/main/-flowers-of-the-himalaya-blog
and 'WILD FLOWERS OF IVER & DISTRICT':
BE SURE TO ADD ONE OF THEM TO YOUR FAVOURITES.