Leif Bersweden was born in 1994 and grew up as a botanist in rural Wiltshire. He graduated with a degree in Biology from Oxford and is currently a PhD student at Kew Gardens.

Leif is a published author and an accomplished botanical tutor, running plant identification training courses for The Species Recovery Trust. In a world where an interest in botany is becoming increasingly rare, he wants to help put plants back on the map and is endeavoring to help do this through his teaching, research and publications.