Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Plant-lore Archive: June 2016

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STNEC 068Material continued to the added to the Archive, mainly following a talk after the annual general meeting of the Friends of Nunhead Cemetery, London Borough of Southwark, and via the website.  The Archive now contains 7277 items of information from 1936 informants.  Thank you everyone.

Usually by this time of year we have been able to collect material at events held in the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Garden, but unfortunately the Museum authorities have decided not to hold any such events in 2016, pending the Garden’s possible destruction.  Material collected at WLG events was particularly useful in that it was contributed by people from many parts of the world, thus enabling us to get some indication of the wider distribution of British beliefs and practices.

A visit was made to north Devon to observe the use of foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea) in commemoration of St Nectan, and towards the end of the month progress was made with negotiations regarding the publication of A Folk Flora; it’s hoped that an agreement can be signed within the next few weeks.

8395 searches of the website were made during the month, with a record of 717 searches being achieved on 17 June.

Image:  compiler, Roy Vickery, at St Nectan’s well, Hartland, Devon, 19 June 2016, © Carlos Bruzon.

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