Category: Lectures

medieval forest description

After years of research into forest history and the historic environment, I have been fortunate to have two articles published in the journals of the Chartered Institute of Ecologists and Environmental Managers and Royal Foresty Society respectively.CIEEM Article 01

 

RFS Quarterly 01

hinchingbrooke lecture 02

Following on from my rediscovery of the ‘lost forests of Huntingdonshire’, and my current research (with published articles, yay!) into forest history and their Anglo-Saxon (dare I say Romano-British?) origins, I have been giving talks to various groups, some local, some regional, some national: Do get in touch if you want an illustrated talk.

It was a pleasure to talk at Hinchingbrooke House (my old school) and visit Kimbolton Castle to present to the local history history society. I was asked to speak at the annual symposium of the British Cartographic Society, and have presented illustrated talks to the Cambridge Antiquarian Society, Council for the Protection of Rural England, Huntingdonshire Flora and Fauna Society to name but a few.

Last year I was honoured to receive a Goodliff Award from the Huntingdonshire Local History Society (www.huntslhs.org.uk/?page_id=33), and am currently on the last draft of a small publication. Get in touch to reserve a copy!

Cambridge award ceremony

A selection of references from previous clients and colleagues, and certificates from academic institutions etc.

Planting Zebra bed

mykonos 09 towards helipadMy earliest memory is growing a runner bean from seed at kindergarten.This sprouting bean started my life-long passion of plants.

Since building my first greenhouse and tending to my first vegetable patch aged six, I have been designing with plants and am fortunate, truly fortunate, to have practiced my passion around the globe.

I consider inspiration gained from observing natural vegetation communities and an understanding of vertical stratification, plant tolerance ranges, behaviour and symbiosis hold the future for sustainable planting schemes for our gardens, communal landscapes and degraded habitats.

 

HK Uni lectures 01

The Head of Hong Kong University’s Landscape Architecture department requested I join the staff in a part-time role as Assistant Professor.

Students generously voted me best lecturer for the planting design module which I taught to both year groups of the two year MLA course over 26 months.

A mixture of lectures (two series of six lectures), workshops, design reviews, model making and examinations increased the students breadth and detailed knowledge of plant physiolgy, evolution, application in design, growth behaviour and management.

The lectures also covered the history of landscape design in Europe, the Middle East and Far East with case studies based on my own sites and previous projects.

 

Woodland in Huntingdonshire

Most people are unaware that Huntingdonshire, a now extinct county of England (contained as a district of Cambridgeshire) contained numerous private and Royal forests in the Middle Ages.

Three years of local, regional and national research, culminating in a year’s hard graft as a mature student at Cambridge University’s Madingley Hall  enabled me to reconstruct local elements of the Anglo-Saxon to Tudor landscape and plot of the extent of five forests as recorded in Plantagenet-Tudor Huntingdonshire.

We can now state, sourcing primary and secondary evidence that there were at least three Royal Forests, three Royal Haga sites (Norman forest nuclei derived from Anglo-Saxon hunting enclosures) a fenland forest and an episcopal Chase, with boundaries contiguous to the Anglo-Saxon established Ramsey Abbey Banlieu boundary.

My plans and transcribed/ translated medieval perambulations are available on www.posthumousplans.co.uk.

I am now researching the County (and others in south east England) in further detail for an MPhil/PhD in Archaeology, assessing the extent and specialisation of Anglo Saxon woodland pastures.

Should you have any enquiries, please contact me.