James Wong at Writtle College

February 2012

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Grow your own medicine with James Wong at Writtle College

James Wong - ethnobotanist, television presenter and best-selling author - will enthral audiences on Tuesday 6 March. As the fifth speaker during the popular annual student led James Hearsum Lecture series, James promises to be one of the highlights of the series.

James trained to Masters Level at the University of Kent and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, his work has taken him to Ecuador, South China and Indonesia. As a scientist who studies how people use plants, James used his talent to become the presenter of his own television series ‘Grow Your Own Drugs’. It was a series demonstrating a number of natural remedies sourced from plants, which at the time James followed up by authoring books that tie-in with each series of the television show.

Brought up in Singapore & Malaysia to an English mother and Malaysian father, his research interests include traditional medical systems, under-utilised crops species & wild plant conservation.

Following on from James Wong’s lecture will be the sixth and final lecture for the series this year by Derry Watkins - Plantswoman on 27 March 2012. Derry, along with a super range of her specialist plants for sale, will be at Writtle to talk about ‘Pushing the Boundaries - borderline hardy and tender plants you can’t live without’.

Senior Horticultural Lecturer Greg Allen, who organises the series with the support of Writtle College degree students, commented: “On behalf of James Hearsum, I thank everyone for the support and positive feedback for previous talks held at the College. The series, which runs over six months, continues because it is an idea that is too good to let go of. It has a very positive impact on our students and a numbers of students are involved in putting it together. Last year, its success resulted in a series of five travel bursaries for our students.”

Proceeds from the series will go towards student travel bursaries. Last year a total of £2,500 was awarded to five students as part of a Travel Awards scheme.

Tickets for this lecture are still available at a cost of £11 each, please email greg.allen@writtle.ac.uk to find out more.

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About the James Hearsum lecture series

The James Hearsum lecture series – now in its sixth year – is named after the student who started the talks - James Hearsum. James, who graduated from Writtle in 2010 with a first class Honours degree, is currently in the USA on his second year of study at Delaware University on the Longwood Graduate Masters programme.