Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Plant-lore Archive: June 2021

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June was another successful month with 80 items of information being received from 75 contributors, 66 of them being new.  Thus the total now stands at 8901 items from 2987 contributors.  Thank you everyone.

With the easing of lockdown restrictions it was possible to hold more events and permit more people to attend these events.  Particularly enjoyable were a walk around Battersea Rise Cemetery, and two walks organised by the Friends of Woolwich Common, both of which received favourable feedback:

Those of us who signed up for Roy Vickery’s wild plant safari on the Common were treated to a morning of great erudition, humour and insight into the uses our forebears put common plants to‘ [FoWC].

One minor publication was produced:

English names for spurge in Ireland, FLS News 94: 15-16.

An extremely favourable review of Vickery’s Folk Flora, by Gabrielle Hatfield, herself a prolific writer on plant folklore, was published in Folklore 132: 222-23:

Vickery’s Folk Flora is a major achievement and will form the basis of future British folklore of plants for many years to come … countless people will have reason to be grateful to him in the coming years for sharing his extensive knowledge and research, and for presenting it so readably.’

Image:  altar (or arum) lily, Zantedeschia aethiopica, naturalized in West Norwood Cemetery, London Borough of Lambeth, June 2021.

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