Collecting the folklore and uses of plants


Roy Vickery is available to give talks and lead walks, for further information see the Compiler page of this website, or e-mail

Note: The listed events are arranged by a variety of organizations many of whom might want to charge a fee, or take a collection in aid of their funds. 

Due to Covid regulations it is necessary to book in advance for most events.

Roy is occasionally available to do one-to-one walks, or walks for small groups, in the London area, in exchange for a donation to the South London Botanical Institute.

Wednesday 14 April 2021:  On-line talk by Roy Vickery, Forgotten Resources: Uses of Great North Wood Plants, 6.30 p.m.  A contribution to the Great North Wood Festival, organised by the London Wildlife Trust.

Friday 16 April 2021:  Wonderful Weeds, walk led by Roy Vickery, Tooting Common, nearest station Balham, 11 a.m. and continuing for approximately 90 minutes.  A South London Botanical Institute event, see

Friday 23 April 2021:  Pot luck!, walk led by Roy Vickery, Archbishop’s Park, near Lambeth Palace, nearest stations Vauxhall and Waterloo, 11 a.m. and lasting for about 90 minutes.  A South London Botanical Institute event, see

Wednesday 28 April 2021:  Roy Vickery leads an event for Kinship in Nature,, Wandstead Friends Meeting House, Bush Road, London, E11; details to be confirmed.

Friday 30 April 2021:  Spring Plant Hunt, led by Roy Vickery, Brockwell Park, nearest station Herne Hill, 11 a.m. and continuing for about 90 minutes.  A South London Botanical Institute event, see

Friday 7 May 2021:  Pavement Prowl, a stroll led by Roy Vickery examining plants on south London pavements, starting from the South London Botanical Institute, nearest station Tulse Hill, 11 a.m. and continuing for about 90 minutes.  A South London Botanical Institute event, see

Friday 14 May 2021:  Tree Walk, led by Roy Vickery, Kennington Park, nearest tube station Oval (Northern Line), starting at 11 a.m. and continuing for about 90 minutes.    A South London Botanical Institute event, see

Friday 21 May 2021:  Into the (almost) unknown, plant walk led by Roy Vickery in Margravine (also known as Old Fulham) Cemetery, Barons Court, starting at 11 a.m. and continuing for about 90 minutes, meeting point about a five minute walk from Barons Court station.  A South London Botanical Institute event, see

Friday 11 June 2021:   Roy Vickery leads a walk Home to Many: Wild Flowers in Battersea Rise Cemetery, starting at 11 a.m. and continuing for about 90 minutes.  The nearest station to the Cemetery is Clapham Junction, and the walk will follow smooth paths.  The South London Botanical Institute’s contribution to Wandsworth Heritage Festival.  Booking essential – via

Saturday 24 July 2021: Weeds and Folklore, stroll led by Roy Vickery, Pleasance Allotments, Putney, a private event for members of the Roehampton Garden Society.

Images:  upper, discussing hemlock (Conium maculatum), Spring Gardens, Vauxhall, London Borough of Lambeth, March 2021, © Melat Negash; lower Archbishop’s Park, London Borough of Lambeth, March 2021.

Feedback on past events                                                                                                                                                                  NEGATIVE FEEDBACK WOULD BE APPRECIATED SO THAT FUTURE TALKS AND EVENTS CAN BE IMPROVED. 

‘Very engaging’, [St Leonard’s, Streatham, Herbal Heritage walk, 23 September 2020].

‘Thanks for yesterday.  Me and my friends had a blast.  Can’t wait for the next stomp’ [Tooting Common tree walk, 29 August 2020].

‘Thanks for the very informative talk last night.  Everyone said how interesting it was’ [talk to Dulwich, Peckham & Crystal Palace Rotary Club, 26 August 2020].

‘Roy was warmly thanked  for an excellent and entertaining talk’ [report on the London Natural History Society’s Botany Section  2018 AGM talk, London Naturalist, 98: 21, 2019].                                                                               

 ‘Roy provided a master-class. You simply cannot buy that experience’ [Camberwell Old Cemetery Plant Walk, September 2019].

‘Thanks very much for … your exceedingly interesting talk’ [Leigh-on-Sea Horticultural Society, 5 January 2019].

‘Thank you so much for your walk and talk yesterday Roy, it was much appreciated and has prompted ideas for future activities’ [Friends of Stambourne Woods, 8 September 2018].

‘I just wanted to write to say how much my partner and I enjoyed the walk in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park today.  It was a fascinating tour and got me thinking about local names and stories about plants …  it has certainly left me wanting to learn more’ [5 August 2018].

‘Thanks for an enjoyable and so interesting walk on Cranham Marshes last evening’ [12 July 2018].

‘Roy was very insightful and cleared up some doubts I had about some of the weeds’ [National Weed Appreciation Day, 28 March 2018].

‘Being in Roy’s company and having an opportunity to soak up his knowledge’ [most enjoyable aspect of Plant Folklore for Walk Leaders, South London Botanical Institute, 21 February 2018].

‘Many thanks for your very entertaining and informative talk at the FOTC AGM yesterday – much appreciated’ [Friends of Tooting Common, 13 November 2017].

‘I really enjoyed the [Poppies – beyond Flanders Fields] talk’ [South London Botanical Institute, 10 November 2017].

‘Thank you for your talk yesterday afternoon.  I find folklore to be a fascinating subject, and was very interested to hear of the examples which you spoke about’ [Purley Townswomen’s Guild, 8 November 2017].

‘Really enjoyed the walk’ [Streatham Park tree walk, 23 September 2017].

Updated 12 April 2021.