Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

REMINDER: Herbal Heritage

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On Monday 3 June Roy Vickery will be leading a walk entitled Herbal Heritage: Medicinal Uses of Wild Plants, on Tooting Common (nearest stations Balham, and on 315 bus route).  Meet at the café, off Bedford Hill, at 7 p.m.  Organised by the Friends of Tooting Common; all welcome.

Report:  About 12 people turned up and enjoyed an hour slowly wandering around the area discussing how wild plants were formerly used in medicine.  The leader stressed that the ‘folk’ did not seek out rarities, but tended to use the most common plants.  These included  such plants as nettle (Urtica dioica), elder (Sambucus nigra), and both ribwort (Plantago lanceolata) and greater (P. major) plantains.

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