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.
The legacies of his enjoyment of nature are at the core of this website.
"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 still sang. We see the birds and the countryside through his words and sketchbooks, and he also applies his remarkable descriptive powers to the early days of flight
and to the ever-present war.
A new book
'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, but its publication is a recognition of the contribution Collingwood Ingram made to Japanese cherries and of the high regard in which he is held in Japan. We are pleased to hear that the book has won the Nihon Essayist Club Award, a major non-fiction award in Japan.
Summaries of the chapters in English
can now be read on the author's website.
In particular the book describes Cherry Ingrams key role in the rescue from extinction
of the great white cherry
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