Arthur Chater and Patricia Wolseley
Arthur is a highly accomplished botanist and mycologist with a long record in publishing important works on the plants and fungi of Wales and beyond. Among his many publications, he was a co-author of Sedges of Britain (1982) and author of the monumental Flora of Cardiganshire (2010), the most comprehensive source of information on the Welsh county. Always generous with his knowledge, Arthur was acknowledged in all four editions of the New Flora of the British Isles. In the 3rd edition, Clive Stace (the author, and recipient of the Marsh Botany Award in 2019) made special mention of Arthur “for valuable discussions and sound help and advice over many years”.
Patricia is a renowned expert on lichens, who previously worked at the Natural History Museum, London. In a time of great concern about the health-related aspects of air quality and pollution, she has been a pioneer of the development of lichens as indicators of air quality. Patricia created a survey for the Open Air Laboratories network that allows air quality and pollution levels to be assessed based on the lichens found in an area. She has also conducted many training sessions in the field on how to identify lichens and shared her knowledge with colleagues and volunteers alike.