Dr. Graham Matthews was born in Kirkby Lonsdale in 1929 and went to school in Kirkby and then in Sedbergh. After training as a doctor he came back to Kirkby Lonsdale to join his father’s practice. He continued to work as a GP, with a practice covering a hundred square miles, until he retired twenty three years ago. He still lives in Kirkby Lonsdale.
From childhood onwards he has roamed the countryside whenever he has had the opportunity to do so. He first became interested in wild flowers, in particular wild orchids, at the age of about fifteen, when he came across a Dark Red Helleborine at Hutton Roof – these orchids are still growing in the same spot. With the help of his grand-daughter, he was also the first person to identify Horseshoe Vetch growing on Hutton Roof.
"This year I couldn’t find the Twayblades, which were there from 30 years ago for quite a long time. Whether that’s because they’ve drained it and put more sheep on it, I think that’s a possibility."