Brought up in Suffolk, Patricia loved being out in the countryside and had the opportunity to work at the coppicing of Bradfield Woods Reserve under Oliver Rackham, a leading historian and ecologist of British woodland. She was then invited by renowned field botanist Max Walters to survey Marsh Pea, which brought her into contact with botanists up and down the country and she was hooked for life.
Patricia met husband Michael with John Raven on his Rahoy Hills estate. Patricia decided to come and live in the Scottish Borders, where she supported her husband in his work for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, surveying the Borders Reserves.
Patricia struck up a friendship with Catriona Murray in Skye which led to a botanical survey of the Small Isles, where she particularly attracted to Eigg and was overjoyed when the Trust backed the successful community buyout.
Michael felt that it was natural that Patricia should leave a generous gift in her Will to the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Patricia’s support is having a great impact on the Trust’s ability to deliver our vision for wildlife across the wider Scottish landscape as well as in the Lothians and Scottish Borders, an area in which Patricia and Michael have a particular interest.
“Patricia Braithwaite had many interests, so her love of the countryside had to be fitted in round hospital laboratory work, choral singing and embroidery.” – Michael Braithwaite, Patricia’s husband