Rich Wright has been working as an educator and mycologist since 2009, from the grass roots of community
and sustainable agriculture projects through to ecological surveys and taxonomic research at Kew Gardens. He is a PhD student researching fungal communities associated with oak heart-rot. His work blends aseptic field sampling techniques, observational surveys, molecular analysis, and interactions experiments. He has been a keen field mycologist for 20 years and has worked in fungal education and outreach for the last decade.
He is the founder of Forever Fungi, a social enterprise that focuses on raising awareness of fungi through an
accessible education programme, outreach events, conservation work and research. He teaches
identification, cultivation, biology, ecology and other applications involving fungi.
He has been running UK Fungus day events for 6 years and is the founder of Bristol Fungus Day, an exciting
community event that merges the arts and sciences. Rich is also the founder and chairperson of Bristol City
Mycology and works closely with the Justin Smith Foundation, engaging with the public to raise awareness of
the fascinating Kingdom of Fungi.
Rich was a coed resident for 6 years and was one of the founders and designers of the forest garden at Coed.