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. 

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


Thursday 1 September 2022Late Summer Flowers walk, Wandsworth Common, London Borough of Wandsworth, 10.30 – c.11.30 a.m.   Organised by the Friends of Wandsworth Common, All welcome, but booking necessary.

Friday 2 September 2022:  Herbal Heritage: Edible & Medicinal Plants walk, Spring Gardens, Vauxhall, London Borough of Lambeth, 11 a.m. – c.12 noon.  Meet at the junction of Glasshouse Walk and Tyers Street (c. 5 minutes walk from Vauxhall station).  Organised by the South London Botanical Institute,, for which a collection will be taken.  All welcome.

Sunday 4 September 2022:  Plant Survey with Amanda Tuke and Roy Vickery, West Norwood Cemetery, London Borough of Lambeth, 11 a.m. – c.1 p.m.  The fourth of a series of meetings organised by the South London Botanical Institute to record the flowering plants growing on this site.  Beginners welcome.

Sunday 11 September 2022 (provisional):  Woodland Plants, their Folklore & Uses, Burgess Park, London Borough of Southwark, organised by Southwark Nature.

Monday 12 September 2022:  Urban Plant-lore, talk at The Amersham Arms, 388 New Cross Road, opposite New Cross station, London Borough of Lewisham, contribution to the London Fortean Society’s Reweirding: Urban Nature, Animals, Plants and Life in the City, doors open at 7.00 p.m., event starts at 7.30.  See

Sunday 30 October 2022Plant Survey with Amanda Tuke and Roy Vickery, West Norwood Cemetery, London Borough of Lambeth, 11 a.m. – c.1 p.m.  The fifth of a series of meetings organised by the South London Botanical Institute to record the flowering plants growing on this site. Beginners welcome.

Saturday 19 November 2022: Scary Plant-lore, talk at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London Borough of Camden, contribution to a  day of talks which is the fifth on the theme Haunted Landscape, running from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Feedback on past events                                                                                                                                                                NEGATIVE FEEDBACK WOULD BE APPRECIATED SO THAT FUTURE TALKS AND EVENTS CAN BE IMPROVED.    For more recent feedback see reports of individual events on the Blog page of this website.

‘What an absolutely wonderful talk! … I had a blast’ [Zoom talk on the folklore an uses of hedgerow plants, for the Shropshire branch of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England, 12 January 2022].

‘A wonderful experience – it has inspired me to look further at the overlooked wild flowers I come across daily – and, I should add, Roy was a delight!’ [Wandsworth Heritage Festival plant walk, 11 June 2021].


‘Thank you so much, that was fantastic’ [Festival of the Great North Wood on-line talk, 14 April 2021].

‘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].

Images: upper, discussing hemlock, Conium maculatum, Spring Gardens, Vauxhall, London Borough of Lambeth, March 2021, © Melat Negash;  middle, Signs of Spring plant walk, Tooting Common, London Borough of  Wandsworth, March 2022, ©Peter Ramell; lower, discussing Weeds & their Uses, Railside Community Garden, Streatham, London Borough of Lambeth, August 2021, © Amanda Waite.

Updated 10 August 2022.