Guy Greenwood was born in South Africa, his family originated in the Kendal area dating back to the 1500s. His father was a clergyman and having emigrated in 1920, returned to the UK in 1930.
Guy grew up in south Lakeland and learned much about flowers and birds. He became a teacher and in 1967 was appointed Director of Education for Westmorland, (- merged in 1974 with Cumberland and part of Lancashire to become Cumbria).
Guy recalls in some detail gathering mushrooms and blackberries in the fields and hedgerows, but says they cannot be seen in the same locations today. He has a great knowledge of local natural history, and has kept records of dates and sightings over the years. He draws interesting comparisons with his own actual experiences of learning in the countryside and those of his young relatives today who mostly learn through TV and modern technology.
“Anyway, that is the theme of my life; that we’ve got far too far from the real experience of the natural world.”