CHRIS  CHADWELL lecturer (digital presentations to clubs & societies), field-botanist (authority on flora of NW Himalaya), plant photographer (digital photographic guides to floras of Himalaya), editor (Himalayan Plant Association & Journal of Himalayan Botany) blogger (British places & flowers; environment of Himalaya) genuine conservationist (projects to protect the flora, environment & peoples of the Himalaya), photo-journalist ( investigating & exposing fraudulent conservation charities along with the famous names who endorse them plus made-up botanical research inventing 'critically endangered' species which are no such thing!) 

 just relax savouring images of wild and garden flowers in the UK, Himalaya, North America or delve more deeply ........

"A camera, for example, can be used to make pictures that promote understanding." (H.H. The Dalai Lama)

As he aptly puts it, in today's ultra-competitive and decidedly non-egalitarian funding environment, "Truth and Beauty Butter no Parsnips"..... (Richard Bateman, Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland News April 2015)

Chris has never received a single penny towards the costs of conducting an enormous amount of botanical research into the flora of the Himalaya nor been paid anything, in fact is out-of-pocket by thousands of pounds as a result. He is not from a wealthy family, so has made-ends-meet operating off a shoe-string budget, never having owned a car and ending up in a dire financial situation.  He smiles when he walks past the ever-increasing number of Indians who are purchasing homes in his street, with lots of others in the neighbouring village who now own almost all the detached properties there. They are genuinely welcome to settle in the UK, after all Chris is a friend of India's.  However he was not impressed when he was assaulted (minor), showered with obscenities and threatened with being beaten-up by a member of one family, 30+ years his junior, who own a beast of a dog, that nobody in their right mind would take on.  It would be unsafe for him and his family to take legal action against them. Funny old world, given how much he has done for India. He has gradually learned that both poor and the 'middle class' in India think everyone in Britain is a millionaire. This comes on top of a Nepalese so-called journalist, acting as a "law-unto-himself", published a pack of lies about him on the BBC web-site. The 'powers-that-be' covered his back after I made a formal compliant.  Chris used to trust the BBC's  honesty and integrity - what a mug he was......



Chris beside the stunning SALVIA HIANS in the North-West Himalaya. © Chris Chadwell


Chris is outspoken, pulls no punches with factual evidence, defending his conduct & ethics against false accusations!
The purpose of this web-site is to attempt to bring out the best in people and reveal those who pretend to be concerned but are in fact, fakes; regrettably naïve Westerners (some who should know better) are tricked by smarter local residents in the Indian sub-continent.  We all know the only thing needed for evil to triumph, so Chris is "standing up" against the wrong-doing; look at the bottom of this page; he is determined.

LATEST CHADWELL SEEDS catalogue (2018) available.   See: https://sites.google.com/a/shpa.org.uk/main/seed-catalogue-1 
Adventurous gardening connoisseurs who grow from seed should join the Himalayan Plant Association,  bringing access to the world's highest quality seed exchange, see: https://sites.google.com/a/shpa.org.uk/main/latest-situation


ALL PHOTOS ON THIS SITE ARE COPYRIGHT © Chris Chadwell - THEY MUST NOT BE USED WITHOUT PERMISSION AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT!

WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE? JOIN CHRIS'  PROJECT TO HELP SAVE THE ACTUAL RARE HIMALAYAN FLORA (RATHER THAN THE FAKE ONES, MOST OF WHICH IN FACT ARE COMMON, EVEN ABUNDANT) ALOMNG WITH FLOWERS AROUND THE WORLD (EVEN IN THE UK). E.G. THE FLORA, ENVIRONMENT & PEOPLES OF THE HIMLAYA ARE BEING FAILED BY THEIR GOVERNMENTS, IDLE BOTANISTS WITH NO APPETITE TO GO UP INTO THE HIMALAYA TO STUDY THE FLORA PROPERLY, FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO ENDORSE FAKE 'PLANT CONSERVATION' CHARITIES, THE MEDIA IN GENERAL WHO EMPLOY IGNORANT JOURNALISTS WITH NO RELEVANT TRANING OR COMPETENCE TO WRITE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE HIMALAYA, WESTERN BOTANICAL GARDENS & INTERNATIONAL CONSERVATION BODIES - ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO SHED 'CROCODILE TEARS'.  CHRIS CARES DEEPLY  WHILST IN REALITY, THEY DO NOT GIVE A DAMN.  THIS IS THE UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTH.  IF THEY DID, CHRIS WOULD HAVE BEEN ENCOURAGED AND SUPPORTED FOR DECADES.  INSTEAD HE IS WRONGLY ATTACKED BY THE CONTEMPTIBLE BBC... AND OTHERS, WHO AS THE DALAI LAMA OBSERVES, 'ARE IGNORANT, GREEDY AND BACK RESPECT FOR THE EARTH'S LIVING THINGS' (SEE PARAGRAPH BELOW).

THE THEME MUSIC OF THIS CHARITY IS PETE SEEGER'S WONDERFUL FOLK SONG, SEE:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y2SIIeqy34 (THOUGH 'FLOWERS ARE MEANT DIFFERENTLY'.

"Peace and survival of life on earth as we know it are threatened by human activities that lack a commitment to humanitarian values. Destruction of nature and natural resources results from ignorance, greed, and lack of respect for the earth's living things. This lack of respect extends even to the earth's human descendants, the future generations who will inherit a vastly degraded planet if world peace doesn't become a reality and if destruction of the natural environment continues at the present rate." (H.H. The Dalai).


Chris is a freelance Lecturer with 34 years experience speaking to wide-variety of clubs & societies around the UK, 4 lecture tours in North America, one in New Zealand, plus presentations in India, France, Switzerland and Norway; Field-Botanist - leader of 24 botanical and photographic expeditions along the Himalaya; Co-Founder (in 1990) & Editor of the 'Himalayan Plant Association Journal' (25th Anniversary Edition completed); Authority on Himalayan Plants utilised in Tibetan Medicine; Proprietor of Chadwell Seeds (Est. in 1984); Travel & Plant Photographer; Independent Research Scientist & now, through necessity, an Investigative journalist - as it has become apparent that he has greater knowledge and expertise about many aspects of the Himalaya, being far better informed than journalists employed by the media; after all, Chris has devoted his adult life to the study of Himalayan flora.  If you wish to discover the truth about the real issues rather than the fake ones & the associated 'crocodile tears' from governments, Institutions national and International, covering the plant life and environment of the Himalaya then read Chris' intelligent insights on this web-site - he really cares...... and consider joining the Himalayan Plant Association, see: https://sites.google.com/a/shpa.org.uk/main/latest-situation or support him in other ways. 

Why not suggest the programme secretary of a club or society you belong to (whether general-interest, horticultural or natural history-orientated) invites him to deliver one of his lively and informative digital presentations?  See: https://sites.google.com/a/shpa.org.uk/main/topics-fees-expenses.

This web-site can be viewed and enjoyed at different levels (intensities). Use the Navigation Bar on the left to locate topics of interest. Why not, to start with, relax by savouring images taken during Chris' travels - whether of wild flowers, gardens, scenery or local people, in different parts of the world? Then, perhaps, delve more deeply into the serious matters he raises about plant conservation around the world.....

'West Himalayan Blue-poppy' (MECONOPSIS  ACULEATA) © Chris Chadwell


TALKS/DIGITAL PRESENTATIONS

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?  Chris lives not far from Slough, also near Windsor and Heathrow, travelling mostly by train via Reading or Paddington.

(See: https://sites.google.com/a/shpa.org.uk/main/topics-fees-expenses 

section of this web-site for details of the topics he offers and fees; then for dates of current bookings: https://sites.google.com/a/shpa.org.uk/main/speaking-engagements-2016-17) 

Title slide of Chris Chadwell's digital presentation about Kashmir © Chris Chadwell

Title slide of Chris Chadwell's digital presentation about Plant Introductions at National Trust Properties © Chris Chadwell


WHAT IS 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. INTERNATIONAL CONSERVATION BODIES NEED TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS IN THEIR APPROACH. 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 CHRIS IS DRAWING ATTENTION TO...... 

Chris Chadwell with Lamas (Buddhist monks) at Lamayuru Gompa (Monastery) in 'Little Tibet'. © Chris Chadwell

 Chris outside a trekking lodge in Nepal  © Chris Chadwell


The admirable sentiments above of India's first prime minister after Independence in 1947, inscribed below his statue in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, Northern India. 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? Chris is a FRIEND of India's and wishes to see her become MIGHTY as Nehru intended 70 years ago.  Why not begin with a BETTER approach to studying Himalayan flora and its conservation? Why not actively take advantage of the hard-won expertise foreigners like Chris Chadwell have to offer?  We ALL need to collaborate internationally. Actively discouraging such contacts, which successive Indian governments have been guilty of, has been harmful.  Chris Chadwell has 'bent over backwards' for a period of more than 30 years attempting to help with studies on flora of the Indian Himalaya - yet absolutely no interest has been show.  What excuse can there be? 

 

 THIS NEPALESE GIRL (LOOKING AFTER HER YOUNGER BROTHER) DESERVE A BETTER FUTURE - TOO MANY DONATION HAVE BEEN WASTED, SO  BE 'STREET-WISE' AND SUPPORT THE BEST CHARITIES AND PROJECTS WHICH, AS THE BRITAIN-NEPAL MEDICAL TRUST STATES, HELPS EMPOWER THE PEOPLES OF THE HIMALAYA.....

THIS COMPLETES PART I OF THE INTRODUCTION TO CHRIS CHADWELL AND HIS ASSORTED ACTIVITIES - FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, SEE: https://sites.google.com/a/shpa.org.uk/main/further-information-about-chris-chadwell 

Chris Chadwell is campaigning against the abandonment of the flora of the NW Himalaya, its environment & peoples. Why not join and support him - if you are also prepared to stick your head "above the parapet"...

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing - well as you can see by scrolling down the left hand side navigation bar, Chris is standing up for the flowers, environment and peoples of the Himalaya, which have been abandoned by regional and Western governments along with international so-called conservation bodies. Senior people and well-known figures have been taken in.  Chris, on the other hand, armed with unique expertise and first-hand expertise is fighting-back.  Has politics damaged his reputation and attempted to destroy him?  Well, he is no longer taking it lying down. He is not pulling his punches and why should he, given how badly he has been treated.  Who do you believe and trust? He is not going to popular when he challenges the glowing endorsements some awfully famous figures have given to fake charities (one knowledgeable local in the borderlands of Tibet describes one such charity as "bull-shit" and how descriptive he is) - the 'very big' names and organisations should know better, encouraging literally millions to be donated to what is a giant con....  This is evil to my mind. Who do you think is telling the truth?

PLANT OF THE MONTH for May 2018 (for those who return to this site to catch the latest):


 'West Himalayan Elder' (Sambucus wightiana) on a heavily grazed slope at the edge of forest as one approaches Gulmarg, Kashmir. Recorded as common in West Himalaya, though I have not come across it in Himachal Pradesh. Stewart found this gregarious on hill sides and valley bottoms where snow, often avalanche snow, lies late. Common in Kashmir @ 1500-3000m. Also in Northern Pakistan.The clusters of globular  fruits are orange or red, then turn black.  Take care with this as a garden plant.  It was in a cold-frame at the Threave School of Gardening, Scotland, then needed a machete to remove it! In the wild it usually forms large gregarious clumps - fruit, roots and leaves used medicinally but presumably harmful to grazing animals. © Chris Chadwell

PHOTOGRAPHS ON THIS WEB-SITE

COPYRIGHT ABUSE/STOLEN IMAGES - sadly, I am increasingly locating examples of my photographic images being used without permission or acknowledgement. So much for my innocent objective of 'sharing' my knowledge!  What a world of cheats, which include a UK charity (which also makes FALSE scientific claims), a North American commercial seller of seed and a Kashmir travel company; one of the culprits tells me that they have seen my images "all over the place" - so much for my expectation of 'Gentlemanly behaviour" from others ...... Looks like I will be forced to water-marking my images in future.  

 I currently do not 'water-mark' the photos on this web-site (or restrict their down-loading) for aesthetic reasons. 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: chrischadwell261@btinternet.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.  A decidedly old-fashioned and perhaps somewhat naïve approach but I always try to set an example which others should adopt.  

 © Chris Chadwell 2018