CHRIS  CHADWELL lecturer (digital presentations to clubs & societies around UK & lecture-tours in N.America & New Zeland, lectures in France, Switzerland, Norway & India); 24 expeditions to the Himalaya (leader of scientific expeditions along the Himalaya); seedsman (Proprietor of Chadwell Seeds since 1984 - offering seeds for discerning gardners),  plant photographer (digital photographic guides to floras of Himalaya); travel CDs (of Himalayan regions for sale); field-botanist (authority on flora of NW Himalaya); tibetan medicine (authority on Himalayan plants utilised in Tibetan Medicine); editor (PLANTS - a photo magazine for plant lovers; Journals of Himalayan Plant Association & Himalayan Botany); blogger (British places & flowers; world's smallest botanical garden; environment of Himalaya; wild flowers of Iver & district, UK); genuine conservationist (projects to protect the flora, environment & peoples of the Himalaya abandoned by corrupt governments, officials, international bodies, national and international media who repeatedly publish lies - discover the uncomfortable TRUTH);  Cowards Die Many Times Before Their Deaths The Valiant Never Taste Of Death But Once (Julius Caesar Act II, Scene 2, Shakespeare). Chris nearly drowned during an expedition in Kashmir in 1983; the gods spared him but for what purpose? To stand up for the powerless in this world and against corruption, not just in the Indian subcontinent but also in the UK including when it exists within our leading botanic gardens and amongst powerful, ignorant figures at the BBC........ 


Chris beside the stunning Salvia hians in the North-West Himalaya. © Chris Chadwell
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just relax savouring images of Chris' travels, wild and garden flowers in the UK, Himalaya, North America
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'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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CHRIS IS LAUNCHING in June 2018 A NEW HORTICULTURAL MAGAZINE:
PLANTS - a digital photographic magazine for plant enthusiasts

and A SERIES OF TRAVEL CDs COVERING THE HIMALAYA, such as 'Honeymoon to 'The Last Place on Earth''; One & One Half to 'The Land of the Thunder Dragon'; One & One Half to the Borderlands of Western Tibet'; 'Travel safely in the Himalaya'; 'Travel in Nepal'; Travel in Kashmir.

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
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CHRIS IS ALSO A: satirist, cynic, humorously critical investigative freelance photo-journalist who tells the truth; (exposing lies by journalists & fraudulent conservation charities along with the famous names who endorse them plus made-up research in Indian sub-continent, inventing 'critically endangered' species which are no such thing! Those in power find the truth uncomfortable - who needs 'Private Eye' - regularly consult this web-site); foreign correspondent (in reality, Chris has been this in the Himalaya since the 1980s, boasting a better overall understanding of the politics of the Indian sub-continent, than anyone resident in the UK and being more objective than local journalists, whose grasp of events is for their countries only); lover of plants  as an antidote to the 'heavy' aspects of this site, Chris celebrates the world's flora within a new informal, light-hearted, digital magazine for plant enthusiasts, PLANTS - subscribe to support his unique efforts, after all, he is taking on the botanical, horticultural and political establishment, with no money. Why?  Because he CARES..... Who do you believe?
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Chris Chadwell with Mrs Urvashi Suri, Proprietor of P.Kohli & Co. (Est. 1928) in Delhi as key-note speaker at First Kohli Commemorative Event (2003)
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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 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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Title slide of Chris Chadwell's digital presentation about Kashmir © Chris Chadwell

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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 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 DONATIONS HAVE BEEN WASTED, AS TOO MANY CHARITIES ARE FAKE AND TOO MANY GOVERNMENTS AND THEIR OFFICIALS 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 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 

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PLANT OF THE MONTH for July 2018:

Cones of 'Indian Weeping Cedar or Deodar' (Cedrus  deodara) photographed in September 

Growing beside the Chandra River at Udaipur, Himachal Pradesh. Large, robust, valuable timber tree to 250’ (75m+) with a girth of up to 30’ (9 m+) in very old specimens.  Durable aromatic wood used extensively for building, furniture, vehicles and boats. Oil extracted by distillation used medicinally. ‘Deodar’ means Divine wood—Hindu temples in Himachal constructed from this tree. Termites leave it alone! In Kashmir forming forests @ 1200-3000m. The young cones appear in July, the male ones ripen in October, shedding their yellow pollen in great profusion. The female ones at this season are 1.25cm long and scarcely increase in size until the following April, when they are just over 3cm. These cones ripen in October and November of the year after flowering; the scales fall off with the seeds, leaving the naked axis of the cone remaining on the branches - this species has been widely planted in churchyards in the UK, mature specimens distinguished from other cedars by the drooping branches  © Chris Chadwell

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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.  © Chris Chadwell 2018