CHRIS  CHADWELL - freelance botanist, lecturer, photographer, seeds-man & conservationist


Chris beside the stunning Salvia hians in the North-West Himalaya. © Chris Chadwell
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Relax savouring images on this web-site 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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LATEST CHADWELL SEEDS catalogue (January 2019) 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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Title slide of Chris Chadwell's digital presentation about Kashmir © 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 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

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WHO  IS  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); seedsman (Proprietor of Chadwell Seeds since 1984 - offering seeds for discerning gardeners),  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 & flowers; world's smallest botanical garden growing plants of Himalayan origin; environment of Himalaya; wild flowers of Iver & district, UK); only genuine conservationist (who cares deeply about the plants, environment and peoples of the Himalaya) - IT IS HIGH TIME THE CONSERVATION SCAMS IN THE HIMALAYA WERE EXPOSED ALONG WITH THE GULLIBLE FAMOUS NAMES IN THE UK AND INTERNATIONAL BODIES WHO ENCOURAGE THIS TRICKERY - YOU HAVE BEEN BADLY TAKEN FOR A RIDE.....

 

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 PEOPLES OF THE HIMALAYA.....

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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...... 





ARE  YOU  INTERESTED  IN  DISCOVERING  THE  TRUTH  ABOUT WHAT  IS  REALLY  HAPPENING  TO THE  FLOWERS  AND THEIR HABITATS  ALONG  THE  HIMALAYA?  READ  ON.

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?

Chris is an honourable person (who tells the truth, running projects to attempt to protect the flora, environment & peoples of the Himalaya abandoned by corrupt governments, officials, international bodies, national & international media who repeatedly publish lies - discover the uncomfortable TRUTH); Chris is a man OF INTEGRITY year was close to committing suicide due to the pack-of-lies published on-line, by a cowardly, corrupt, ignoramus, for, would you believe the BBC!?!

He resolutely stands up for the powerless in this world & against corruption, not just in the Indian subcontinent but also the UK where, sadly, it exists within our leading botanic gardens & amongst powerful, senior figures at the BBC, so is not a popular figure in certain circles, whom you THOUGHT you could trust...... DO NOT BELIEVE THE LIES TOLD ON-LINE ABOUT CHRIS BY THE BBC -  UNFORTUNATELY, HE DOES NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT FUNDS  TO TAKE THEM TO COURT FOR FALSELY DAMAGING HIS REPUTATION, LIKE SIR CLIFF RICHARD BRAVELY DID, HOWEVER.  DO READ THE EVIDENCE ON THIS WEB-SITE AND JUDGE FOR YOURSELF - AFTER ALL IT IS YOUR LICENCE FEE WHICH SUPPORTS THESE DESPICABLE, OVER-PAID, POLITICALLY-MOTIVATED, SELF-SERVING INCOMPETENTS.. THESE  PEOPLE ARE HAPPY CAUSING THE 'GOOD GUYS' LIKE CHRIS & NUMEROUS OTHERS, A GREAT DEAL OF DISTRESS BY FALSELY PRESENTING THEM AS THE VILLAINS....  

CHRIS WAS SERIOUSLY ILL WHEN UNFAIRLY ATTACKED BY THE BBC IN 1996, SO UNABLE TO DEFEND HIMSELF; HE CONTINUES TO SPEND MUCH OF EVERY SINGLE DAY IN CONSIDERABLE PAIN THROUGH PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY BUT HIS FULLY-FUNCTIONING MIND HAS RETURNED - SO  WILL BE DAMNED IF HE SHALL ALLOW THESE CONTEMPTIBLE FIGURES TO CONTINUE TO GET AWAY WITH SUCH CONDUCT.  HE HAS RIGHT ON HIS SIDE. DOES HE HAVE YOUR SUPPORT? HE IS STILL ABLE TO DELIVER DIGITAL PRESENTATIONS, OFFER EXCEPTIONAL SEED, RUN THE HIMALAYAN PLANT ASSOCIATION, PROMOTE CONSERVATION PROJECTS AND CONTINUES  HIS RESEARCH INTO HIMALAYAN FLORA. WHY NOT HELP HIM? 

































































































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 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? 

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 may be forced to water-marking my images in future.  I also, in my ignorance & naivety had not realised that by posting an image of a plant on my web-sites, this automatically means google uses it and gives links to it without my permission or acknowledgment plus it is quite involved to delete postings altogether - NEWCOMERS beware that ANYTHING and EVERYTHING you post could be there for EVER ...  So be ULTRA CAUTIOUS.  An important life lesson is that you CANNOT TRUST ANYBODY © Chris Chadwell 2019