Wildflowers for the Queen

Wildflowers for the Queen : A Visual Celebration of Britain's Coronation Meadows

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To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation, HRH The Prince of Wales called for the creation of new wildflower meadows. The Coronation Meadows project, led by Plantlife and in partnership with The Wildlife Trusts and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, is working to achieve this goal, and in this book renowned photographer Hugo Rittson Thomas captures the extraordinary results of this important conservation project.

Wildflowers for the Queen is a captivating photographic celebration of the vast array of Coronation Meadows now found across Britain, with stunning studio portraits highlighting the diversity of wildflower species, from the colourful cowslip to the eccentric snake's-head fritillary, from the multifaceted ragged robin to the elusive bee orchid.

Rittson Thomas takes us on a remarkable journey through some of the most beautiful wildflower meadows, from the Viking meadows of Muker in Yorkshire's rolling dales to the unique culm grass meadows of Cornwall. Rittson Thomas also photographs a wide range of rare wild orchids, including the monkey, bee, man and lady orchids, encouraging us to discover the rich botanical heritage of the wildflowers and unique meadows of Great Britain.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 245 x 330 x 34mm | 2,600g
  • wildflower press
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Full-colour photographs throughout
  • 152724959X
  • 9781527249592
  • 340,742

Review quote

"Anyone with a passion for wildflowers, as do I, will love this astonishing book which beautifully captures meadows that have survived, been restored and are a template for what can be done to cultivate and ensure their future." -- Richard E. Grant, Academy Award, BAFTA & Golden Globe Nominee; "This beautiful book shows many examples of our ravishing meadows that need to be cherished and protected like precious jewels. For anyone whose heart misses a beat in places like these, this book is a jewel in itself." --Tom Stuart-Smith, landscape architect; "I have a few wildflower meadows on my farm and they are a source of constant joy. They are also desperately important so study this wonderful book carefully. Because it's not just a pretty picture. It matters." --Jeremy Clarkson, broadcaster, writer & journalist
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About Hugo Rittson Thomas

Hugo Rittson Thomas is one of the UK's leading portrait photographers. He started his career in the art world, studying at Central St Martin s and Goldsmiths University of London. He lives and works in the Cotswolds.

Hugo's book, Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds, was a study on the exceptional gardens in this region, featuring the beautiful gardens of Burford Priory (Matthew Freud), Daylesford House (Lady Bamford) and Stowell Park (Lord and Lady Vestey), amongst others, and was launched at the London Garden Museum in February 2015.

Great Gardens of London was published in Autumn 2015. For this book Rittson Thomas gained special access to a significant number of hitherto private gardens, such as 10 Downing Street, Clarence House (courtesy of HRH Prince Charles), and the American Ambassador's residence Winfield House, the garden of which is second only in size to Buckingham Palace.

Secret Gardeners: Private Sanctuaries of Britain's Artists and Creators was released in 2017, featuring the gardens of Sting, artist Anish Kapoor, actor Rupert Everett, Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, amongst others.

Secret Houses of the Cotswolds was published in 2018. In a personal tour of twenty of the UK's most beguiling castles, estates, palaces and manor houses, Rittson Thomas collaborated with architectural historian Jeremy Musson to produce a beautiful book, exploring the history, architecture and interiors of some of the most fascinating country houses that have shaped the English identity.

Hugo Rittson Thomas has photographed Her Majesty The Queen, The Duke of Cambridge, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prime Minister David Cameron, for his book The Queen s People which was published by Assouline in 2016. Other notable portraits include the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, photographed for the Sunday Times.
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