CHRIS  CHADWELL - freelance botanist, lecturer, photographer & GENUINE conservationist.
Plants cannot be conserved in cultivation or the wild, if they are not correctly identified in the first place with their abundance or rarity reliably recorded (which is not happening). It is a matter of utmost importance, though is not recognised as such. He does know what he is talking about; please read through the evidence on this web-site and decide for yourself or just relax and appreciate the fine images of flowers in the wild and garden in various parts of the world using the navigation bar on the left-hand-side. Apologies in advance if conventions not always followed on this web-site along with the serious matters addressed! Chris puts truth and accuracy first, proof-reading & editing last....he admits to being unconventional, with a mind-of-his own, essential if one is to speak up & out against wrong-doing, prepared to be unpopular.



Chris beside a highly ornamental Salvia in the North-West Himalaya. © Chris Chadwell


'The White Mountain' (Dhaulagiri), Mustang Himalaya, Nepal © Chris Chadwell


'West Himalayan Blue-poppy' (Meconopsis aculeata) in the NW Himalaya © Chris Chadwell



Chris engaged with a conversation about Tibetan Medicinal Plants with a lama (Buddhist monk) © Chris Chadwell

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TALKS/DIGITAL PRESENTATIONS delivered by Chris

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

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 with speaking engagements in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, France even 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, 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

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

Chris cares deeply about the flora, environment and peoples of the Himalaya (indeed the whole world's flora, people & environment) - he has been reluctant in the past to speak out but must state that the hill and mountain villagers along the Himalaya are being let down badly by their corrupt national and regional governments, officials, botanists, botanic gardens, institutions, in the Indian sub-continent and UK; sadly, famous figures shed only crocodile tears whilst extravagantly endorsing con-artists! 

As for the BBC, they ignore these legitimate concerns, having resources to spend time falsely portraying Chris as some sort of villain! Why is that?  Read the over-whelming evidence of serious wrong-doing contained in this web-site and judge for yourself. We stand no chance of saving the world's flora (and thus habitats and their fauna) if our scientists and senior figures cannot be trusted! YES, IT IS THAT BAD ..... Surely this cannot be true? Kindly take the time to read the evidence on this web-site.  What purpose would be served by Chris not being accurate and truthful. As an Italian doctor in charge of a project he worked on in Bhutan observed, "You know too much"; it pays to be informed

You can trust Chris Chadwell, whose knowledge of the flora of the NW Himalaya & borderlands of Tibet is now second-to-none.   e-mail: chrischadwell261@btinternet.com


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ADDITIONAL  INFORMATION  ABOUT  CHRIS CHADWELL

 Lecturer (digital presentations to clubs & societies around UK & lecture-tours in N.America & New Zealand, lectures in France, Switzerland, Norway & India); leader 24 expeditions to the Himalaya (botanical exploration & scientific studies); plant photographer & field-botanist (leading authority on flora of NW Himalaya & borderlands of Tibet); tibetan medicine (authority on Himalayan plants utilised in Tibetan Medicine); editor (Journal of Himalayan Plant Association); blogger (British places & flower; wild flowers of Iver & district, UK); only genuine conservationist specialising in the Himalaya

 IT IS HIGH TIME THE CONSERVATION SCAMS IN THE HIMALAYA WERE EXPOSED ALONG WITH THE GULLIBLE FAMOUS NAMES IN THE UK PLUS INTERNATIONAL BODIES WHO ENCOURAGE THIS TRICKERY - YOU HAVE BEEN BADLY TAKEN FOR A RIDE..... CHRIS, ON THE OTHER HAND, KNOWS AND TELLS THE TRUTH, SO YOU CAN TRUST HIM.  TAKE THE TIME TO READ THE EVIDENCE IN THE RELEVANT SECTIONS OF THIS WEB-SITE AND DECIDE FOR YOUR SELF IF WHAT HE IS SAYING ADDS UP.

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EMPOWER THE PEOPLES OF THE HIMALAYA.....



 

THIS NEPALESE GIRL (LOOKING AFTER HER YOUNGER BROTHER) DESERVE A BETTER FUTURE -  MANY DONATIONS HAVE BEEN WASTED, AS TOO MANY CHARITIES ARE FAKE AND MANY GOVERNMENTS AND THEIR OFFICIALS IN THE INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT CANNOT BE TRUSTED..... SO  BE 'STREET-WISE' AND SUPPORT THE BEST CHARITIES AND PROJECTS WHICH, AS THE BRITAIN-NEPAL MEDICAL TRUST STATES, HELPS 'EMPOWER' THE PEOPLE OF NEPAL.

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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 outside a trekking lodge in Nepal  © Chris Chadwell

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INCREDIBLE  INDIA


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 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 assist with studies on flora of the Indian Himalaya - yet absolutely no interest has been show.  What excuse can there be? Currently, the draconian rules and regulations put in place, supposedly to 'conserve' India's flora and exploitation of its resources, will unquestionably result in GREATER HARM befalling the plants, environment and peoples of the Himalaya.  WHY ARE WELL-KNOWN FIGURES AND INSTITUTIONS GOING ALONG WITH THIS, SHEDDING 'CROCODILE TEARS' ONLY?  If anyone else cares, contact Chris, in confidence, immediately, as he would appreciate support and encouragement:    e-mail: chrischadwell261@btinternet.com

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PHOTOGRAPHS ON THIS WEB-SITE

COPYRIGHT ABUSE/STOLEN IMAGES - sadly, Chris is increasingly locating examples of his photographic images being used without permission or acknowledgement. So much for his innocent objective of 'sharing' 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 told Chris that they have seen his images "all over the place" - so much for his expectation of 'Gentlemanly behaviour" from others ...... Looks like he may be forced to water-marking my images in future.  He also, in his ignorance & naivety had not realised that by posting an image of a plant on his web-sites, this automatically means google uses it and gives links to it without his permission or acknowledgment; it is quite involved to delete postings altogether - NEWCOMERS beware that ANYTHING and EVERYTHING you post could be there for EVER ...  N.B. Chris is perfectly aware that the personal and decidedly private content about his mistreatment by fellow students at school and university can be read by anyone.  It may well be that the named individuals are unhappy about this but as Chris is scrupulously accurate and truthful, he is comfortable at the prospect of being challenged legally. Whilst Chris cannot win legally against big organisations like the BBC, to oblige them to remove FALSE content, to challenge him would only lead to adverse publicity - after all, Chris is far better informed about the subjects he has expertise in.  The BBC relies upon staff who do not know their stuff!

So be ULTRA CAUTIOUS.  An important life lesson is that you CANNOT TRUST ANYBODY © Chris Chadwell 2020