WILDFLOWERS FOR THE QUEEN - A Visual Celebration of Britain’s Coronation Meadows
In partnership with conservation charity Plantlife, and with a foreword by their patron HRH The Prince of Wales, Wildflowers for The Queen: A Visual Celebration of Britain’s Coronation Meadows, by fine-art photographer Hugo Rittson Thomas, celebrates the unsung beauty and diversity of wildflower meadows and their fast disappearing habitat.
From Cornwall to Anglesey; from Mull to Sandringham: the book features essays from high-profile contributors, including the broadcaster and gardener, Alan Titchmarsh; Plantlife President and Antiques Roadshow presenter, Philip Mould; garden designer and journalist, Dan Pearson; landscape designer, Miranda Brooks; screenwriter and actor, Julian Fellowes and chairman of the Victoria and Albert Museum and Condé Nast Britain, Nicholas Coleridge. There is commentary throughout by botanist, TV presenter and conservationist, Dr Trevor Dines. The book features 19 meadows (of which 14 are Coronation Meadows) including Chatsworth, Blenheim Palace and Highclere Castle.
The book also explores urgent questions about conservation and biodiversity in Britain; today, surviving fragments of flower-rich meadows and pastures only account for 1% of UK land as we have lost an alarming 7.5 million acres since the 1930s. Rittson Thomas Thomas’ artistic eye allows us to look at these meadows a new, beautifully showcasing fragile and rate wildflowers, with minute focus on their exhilarating patterns, colours, textures and shapes.