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Lear, Michael John free

Born Bristol 13 March 1958; s of Francis and Margery Lear; m 1983, Beverley Woods

consultant curator and landscape architect; Co-Director, Lear Associates Ltd, since 2003


Clarks Grammar Sch., Clifton; evening art tuition with Jack Chalker, RWA, 1969–76; Univ. of Aberdeen (BSc Forestry Sci. 1979); Univ. of Aberdeen and Royal Botanic Gdns, Kew (MSc 1984)


Horticultural taxonomist, NT and Royal Botanic Gdns, Kew, 1980–84; Botanical Consultant, NT, 1985–97; Curator, Castlewellan Nat. Arboretum Forest Service, NI, 1997–2005; estabd own practice, with Beverley Lear, Lear Associates, 1990–; Planner, Heritage Services, Oxford CC, 2005–07. Consultant Landscape Architect to Keeper of the Groves, St John’s Coll., Oxford, 2017–. Vis. Prof., Univ. of Genoa, 1985; Winston Churchill Fellow, NZ, 1990. Founder Dir, Plant Network UK (formerly PlantNet), 1993–2002. Member: UK Dependent Territories Conservation Forum, 1985–98; NI Heritage Gdns Trust, 1997–; National Trust: Mem., Gdns and Parks Panel, 2007–14; Associate Member: Historic Envmt Panel, 2016–; Specialist Advice Network, 2016–. Trustee: Marks Hall, 2008–; Royal Botanic Gdns, Kew, 2017–. Mem., Editl Bd, Arboricultural Jl, incorporating Internat. Jl Urban Forestry, 2017–. Works with Beverley Lear, research and design include: Marks Hall Masterplan; Salisbury Cathedral and Harnham Water Meadows Landscape Study; Oare Hse Gdn and Arboretum (Georgian Gp Award, 2005); Peace Maze, NI; Truro East Dist Centre/Tregurra Park; Coed Darcy masterplan and town code; City of Bath heritage study; Waddesdon Estate Millennium landscape; restorations: Heligan; Biddulph Grange; Fulham Palace; Castlewellan Arboretum; Wrest Park; Chiswick Hse; Nymans Pinetum; botanical/curation: Woody Plant Catalogue, NT/Kew, 1980–97; La Mortola/Giardini Botanici Hanbury plant catalogue, 1985; Great Storm propagation scheme; Rhododendron surveys incl. Exbury and Westonbirt; dendroarchaeological surveys, incl. Hestercombe, Wanstead; plant conservation projects for ODA and WWF in Fiji and Mauritius; discovery of Davidia forest on Yunnan/Burma border; expedition to Dulong for Kumming Inst. of Botany, Kew


The Threatened Temperate Tree List, 1990; (with M. Wickenden) Exploring the Upper Dulong River: the KWL expedition to North-West Yunnan, 2008; (with B. Lear) Oare House: Sir Henry and Lady Keswick’s collection of trees and shrubs, 2016


painting and sketching, visiting Italian heritage sites, walking in Mourne Mountains, swimming, including open water, particularly in the River Thames


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