1986, Robert Mitchell, Study Tour Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands collecting

Sydney, Australia.

Dear Mr. Storey,
I am writing to let you know that the visit to the Solomon Islands that the Kew Guild helped to make possible is now completed. We have just arrived in Sydney, Australia and are in the process of getting the film used on the visit developed and awaiting news from Kew on the names of orchids collected.

The visit had some initial teething problems with the arrangement of collecting permits and permission to visit Choiseal. These were fortunately overcome with the generous help of many friends made in the Solomons. However, over 80 orchid specimens have been collected and despatched to Kew in the form of dried specimens, spirit material and living plants. These will hopefully contribute towards further understanding the distribution of orchids in this fascinating area.

I would like to take this more informal opportunity to thank you and the Guild very much for your generous support of the project. It has proved to be a fantastic experience from the point of view of plant and environmental knowledge. Also being in a different part of the world with a different cultural base was both testing and rewarding. I will prepare my final report once the film and plant names have been sorted out and will forward it to you as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Robert B. Mitchell


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