Charles Fox tells the story of the garden started by his great-great grandfather, Alfred Fox, relating its development to that of the Fox gardens at Trebah, Penjerrick and Rosehill, and to other Cornish gardens including Heligan, Trewithen, Chyverton, Trelissick, Trengwainton and Carclew. He describes how succeeding generations of a Quaker family used opportunities in the shipping and travel world to introduce rare and exotic plants to their gardens, and how that tradition continues under the National Trust, to create what is today a unique repository for exotic plants, and a centre for the purposeful propagation of rare and tender species'.
Tony Butt has a PhD in Physical Oceanography from the University of Plymouth, UK, and worked with the Coastal Processes Research Group at Plymouth for seven years. He has published 12 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and over 200 other articles on waves and the coastal environment for a non-scientific audience, plus several chapters, forewords and other contributions. He has been Staff Oceanographer for the Surfers Path magazine since 1998, and runs short courses on basic oceanography and meteorology for surfers and other coastal water users.
Tony works with non-profit organizations such as Surfers Against Sewage, Save the Waves and the Surfrider Foundation, trying to convince people that the coastline is a highly-delicate and poorly understood part of the environment, and the more we interfere with it the more problems it will cause us.
Tony is also a dedicated big-wave surfer and has appeared in numerous major television documentaries as well as being invited to several international big-wave events such as the prestigious Eddie Aikau Memorial in 1999.