Frederick Walker is an agriculturalist turned landscape designer with an avid passion for ecotourism. He dreams, conceptualizes and design gardens, and ecotourism projects with a particular affinity where nature is cherished. Spending most of his up-bringing in England, he went to public school in Canterbury, Kent and is a scion from a ‘Planter’s’ family. He grew up surrounded by both the ‘Gardens of England’ and the vast ‘Tropical Gardens’ of plantation bungalows.
After six years as a Planter, he left to pursue a BSc (Hons) in International Agriculture, Land and Business Management at the renowned Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. His dissertation was written on “The Viability of Ecotourism in South East Asia” way back in 1997. Upon returning to his birthplace, Penang, his first project was conceptualizing, designing and developing the now ‘famed’ Tropical Spice Garden, Penang. This amazing ecotourism attraction showcases exotic, endemic tropical flora and spices.
Whilst running his landscape company Walker Landscape Sdn. Bhd., he is constantly on the lookout for potential ecotourism projects. In 2014 he introduced the notion of ‘Glamping’ to the company Amazing Discovery Sdn. Bhd. Glamorous Camping on a site that he discovered had enormous ‘Boulders’ with a stream trickling through. He conceptualized the project and coined the name ‘Boulder Valley’. The project is currently being landscaped to reflect the ‘jungle’ environment and ‘Glamping’ units are being designed. Project is set for completion at the end of 2017.
His current project ‘The Habitat’ is what the talk is about and it sits very close to his heart. Together with his team, they have been conceptualizing and designing since September 2009. The incredible site sits on the fringes of a 130 million year old ‘Virgin Rainforest’, 800 meters above sea level on Penang Hill. Like most of his projects, the concept focuses on educating the public with a business towards ingraining knowledge of the amazing outdoors to the children of today…our future generation!