King's College wild flower meadow

King's College wild flower meadow

King's College wild flower meadow

event Saturday, September 26, 2020 schedule 3.00pm - 4.00pm BST
Booking closed
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event Saturday, September 26, 2020 schedule 3.00pm - 4.00pm BST
  • King's College wild flower meadow

Image courtesy of the Ely Standard

Open to: 
Alumni and guests
Colleges, Virtual tours, Sport and wellbeing

A large swathe of Cambridge's most iconic lawn was transformed this year into an ecosystem rich in biodiversity that has seen poppies, cornflowers, scentless mayflowers, corn cockles and more stretching from the Chapel to the banks of the Cam.

King's Head Gardener Steven Coghill will take you on a tour of the stunning wild flower meadow and how it came about.

Following the tour Geoff Moggridge, Professor in Chemical Engineering Science will lead Steve Coghill and Dr Cicely Marshall in a conversation about the development of the meadow, its biodiversity and its future.

A recording of this session is now available to watch on YouTube.

King's College Wild Flower Meadow


Steven Coghill

Steven Coghill

Head Gardener Steven Coghill has had the pleasure of working in, and looking after many stunningly beautiful and very special historic landscapes and gardens including the Cambridge University Botanic Garden and Braxted Park in Essex. In a career spanning 40 years, he also spent a considerable period at Otley College in Suffolk teaching horticulture, including 16 years as Head of Horticulture, and working on medal winning gardens at the RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court flower shows. Since arriving at King's Steven has researched the history of the College grounds and has taken steps to restore some of the original Victorian features in the Fellows' Garden. Alongside this work he has initiated new projects such as the reflective Xu Zhimo Garden, to complement the Xu Zhimo stone, and the transformation of part of the Back Lawn into a wildflower meadow to encourage a more diverse ecosystem, which has attracted considerable press and public attention. Steven considers his current role to be the best Head Gardener’s position in the country, his walk to work taking in some of the most iconic historic landscape vistas the UK has to offer.

Professor Geoff Moggridge (Fellow of King's)

Professor Geoff Moggridge

Geoff Moggridge is a Professor of Chemical Engineering Science. He has a longstanding interest in the design and development of chemical products, and this is reflected in his research which is focused on the production and control of microstructures in materials for particular functional applications.

Professor Moggridge's current research projects include the development of a polymeric prosthetic heart valve and the understanding of diffusion in non-ideal liquid mixtures. He also has been part of the Open Ventilator System Initiative, one of the projects launched by the University in response to COVID-19.

Professor Moggridge has been involved in the wildflower meadow initiative from the start.

Dr Cicely Marshall (Fellow of King's)

Dr Cicely Marshall

Dr Cicely Marshall is a botanist, plant ecologist and conservationist with interest in the flora of tropical Africa, in particular West Africa, and the UK flora. She joined the University of Cambridge's Department of Plant Sciences with a Research Fellowship from King's College, University of Cambridge. She carried out her DPhil research in Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford, following an MA in Environmental Studies (Brown University, USA), and a BA in Biological Sciences, University of Oxford.

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