A proposal for a new book
Cherry Ingram: an Illustrated Life
Expressions of interest from publishers would be welcome at
William Ingram, Collingwood's father kept aviary birds - Collingwood sketched this francolin with her chicks.
Part 2, 1920 - 1948, the cherry years. His life with Japanese Cherries has been ably described by Naoko Abe in Cherry Ingram: the Englishman who saved Japan's blossoms, but here we provide new sketches and photographs and also follow him on his worldwide travels. These included a plant-collecting expedition to South Africa with three of the great horticulturalists of his time, Lawrence Johnston, Reginald Cory and George Taylor. The period ends with his war service as commander of a local Home Guard company and with the publication of his classic Ornamental Cherries in 1948.
Gladiolus species collected in South Africa and flowering in Collingwood Infram's garden in Benenden
Part 3 1940 - 1981. Having completed his intensive research on cherries, Collingwood felt free to return to ornithology, to develop his plant-breeding and gardening life, to write natural history articles for periodicals such as Country Life and the Illustrated London News, and to collect Japanese Art - he bequeathed over a 1000 items to the British Museum. He was a much-loved and eccentric figure in his home village of Benenden and in the gardening and ornithological worlds. His travels were now wit=tin Europe and especuially within the UK.
Salmon Weir Bridge, Galway, 1954