Fuchsia Research International

Fuchsia Research International was founded in June 1998 by five like-minded individuals who were interested in the science of the genus Fuchsia.

We were offered, through the intermediaries of Bob Hall and Ray Butt, facilities at Margam Country Park and the first formal meeting was held in October 1998 at Margam Park. At this meeting the organization was formally constituted and officers and members of the Executive Board appointed.

The last constituted Board was:

Dr Les Blaber - Chairman (Founder member)

Mr Arthur Tickner - Chief Executive (Founder member)

Dr Paul Parker - Secretary and Membership Secretary (Founder member)

Mr Ray Butt - Treasurer

Mrs Yvonne Barlow - Minutes Secretary

Mr Mike Clare - Curator of the National Collection of Fuchsia species

Advisors to FRI are Dr Paul Berry and Dr Michaela Matthes.

The National Collection of Fuchsia species has been moved to the Jardin des Plantes at Chevreloup and is no longer available to see at Margam Park.