Collingwood Ingram 1880-1981


Collingwood Ingram’s life spanned 100 years. He was brought up in privilege and benefited from family money all his life. He made full use of his good fortune, devoting much of his first forty years to the study of birds and the last sixty to the collection, breeding and growing of garden plants, especially Japanese cherries. In both ornithology and horticulture he was amongst the finest in the country. As well as loving the beauty of natural world, he also shot and hunted, a combination quite common in his time.


In his teens Collingwood Ingram kept diaries, illustrated with sketches.

As an adult he travelled widely and recorded his travels in journals and sketchbooks.

These legacies of his enjoyment of nature  are at the core of this website.



War Diaries


"Wings over the Western Front"


In June 2014 Collingwood Ingram's WW1 diaries were published by

Day Books of Charlbury 

  From late 1916 until the end of the war in November 1918, Collingwood Ingram was a Compass Officer in the Royal Flying Corps. He was also at the height of his powers as an ornithologist and even the war did not dim his passion for birds. His diaries describe the devastation of the battlefields and also take us behind the lines, where ordinary life continued and birds  sang. We see the birds and the countryside of NE France through his words and sketchbooks, He also applies the same descriptive powers to the early days of flight

and to the ever-present war.


Wings over the Western Front


Day Books





A book from Japan


'Cherry Ingram -- The English Saviour of Japan's Cherry Blossoms'


by Naoko Abe


Published by Iwanami Shoten, Tokyo on 8 March 2016


Sadly for us, this book is in Japanese, although an English version will be published in 2019. It is a recognition of the contribution Collingwood Ingram made to Japanese cherries and of the high regard in which he is held in Japan. The book won the Nihon Essayist Club Award, a major non-fiction award in Japan.

Summaries of the chapters in Englishcan now be read on the author's website.

 Naoko Abe

The book describes Cherry Ingrams key role in the rescue from extinction

of the great white cherry

Tai Haku


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