Victor Hugo Junior wild flower walk with Raymond Evison OBE, May 2022

Image illustrating the 2022 Victor Hugo wild flower walk with Raymond Evison OBE at Moulin Huet, Guernsey

Victor Hugo Junior Botany Walk at Moulin HUet, GUernsey, May 2022

The Victor Hugo in Guernsey Society and the Societe Guernesiaise’s Junior Botany Section joined forces in May to explore the amazing natural environment of Moulin Huet. The walk was expertly led by Raymond Evison OBE, Becky Ogier and Sarah Allez who helped the children identify and record some of the plants and flowers that Victor Hugo might have seen on his walks. On reaching the beach the children were delighted to be greeted by ‘Victor’ who showed them a cottage he used to visit on his promenades and picnics with his friends and family. He invited the children and their families to picnic in the garden in order to re-enact the scene shown in an old photo of himself and his family and friends taken outside the cottage.

 

During the walk and picnic, Margaret Jones, Victor Hugo in Guernsey Education Officer, explained how the island’s cliffs and coves had served as inspiration for many of Hugo’s literary works, as well as for Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s paintings. We finished the event with an opportunity for children to create their own work inspired by this beautiful landscape.

Fleshy plant found on the cliffs on the Victor Hugo wild flower walk in Guernsey
Young girl helped by her mother finds a flower at Moulin Huet on the Victor Hugo wild flower walk 2022

In celebration of both Victor Hugo and botany, Raymond Evison OBE led a walk along the cliffs at Moulin Huet, pointing out the native wildflowers, some of which appear in Victor Hugo’s writings. We discussed how the island’s cliffs and coves served as inspiration for many of Hugo’s poems and artwork, as well as for painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir.  We were thrilled to be joined at the beach by Victor Hugo himself!

'Victor Hugo' talks to schoolchildren at Moulin Huet beach in Guernsey in 2022
Walking down a path at Moulin Huet Bay in GUernsey in May 2022 as part of The Victor Hugo in Guernsey Society Junior wild flower walk
Victor Hugo en marche at Moulin Huet Bay in Guernsey in 2022