Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

REMINDER: Winter plant walk

The last of Roy Vickery’s 2017 plant walks will take place on Saturday 30 December  at the Streatham Cemetery, Garratt Lane, London, SW17, starting at 2 p.m.  (The Cemetery is not in Streatham, but in Tooting, c. 10 minutes walk from Tooting Broadway tube station).

We shall spend about 60 minutes wandering around the Cemetery and enjoying winter plants.  All are welcome; the walk will be adapted to suit the physical abilities of those present.  Voluntary collection in aid of local Green Party funds.

It is hoped that a January walk will be held in the Putney area; consult this website or e-mail  for details.

Report:  Only two people turned up on a fine, almost warm, afternoon.  Few plants were in flower.  Only common field speedwell (Veronica persica), dandelion (Taraxacum officinale agg), groundsel (Senecio vulgaris) and yarrow (Achillea millefolium) were found and discussed.  Therefore most of the 45 or so minutes were spent examining trees, including eucalyptus (Eucalytus sp.), European larch (Larix decidua), and gingko (Gingko biloba).

Image:  cabbage-palm (Cordyline australis), native to New Zealand, planted and flourishing in Streatham Cemetery, October 2015.

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