Joshua Styles is an incredible young man. Before he even graduated from university he had a job with an ecological consultancy firm. He has been taken on as a volunteer botanical recorder by several of the environmental NGOs in his local area. And he’s the founder of the North West Rare Plants Initiative (http://nwrpi.weebly.com/) which is his effort to recover and restore plants and flowers in the northwest of England. He does this primarily by identifying suitable sites and cultivating specimens at home for introduction.
But he has been growing his own plants at home since around the age of seven or eight, and he developed incredible botanical expertise as a teenager. At his university he was awarded for designing the campus’s first ever biodiversity action plan. So, our conversation covers not only his favourite plants and landscapes for finding them, but we also discuss what he thinks drives him to be such an accomplished self-starter and expert botanist. You can find out more about Joshua by following him @Joshual951.
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