Laura Farnworth

Laura Farnworth was born in Jersey in 1938. She became an ardent naturalist, and was particularly knowledgeable about plants and birds. In the 1950s she won a national prize from the RSPB for her study of sandmartins. In 1963 Roger and Laura became one of seven interviewers employed by the Central Council for Health Education for a completely new kind of investigation at the time into the sexual lives of young people (the results are in a book by John Schofield) and fell in love. Roger was stunned how one day Laura called the landscape at Selsey Marsh from drab browns and greys into a throb of life. Together, they built a fundamental understanding of the world as ‘Miracle’ for a mystery that can be seen in wild nature but also goes beyond. Laura's heart remained with the South Cliffs, Rozel Woods, and the beaches of Petit Port and St. Ouens in Jersey. In Warleggan Parish she particularly loved the River Bedalder, swimming in a secluded pool she called Fallen Branch, and Claypit Lake up on the moors. She walked in all weathers, exulting in wild weather.