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.

Saturday 6 June 2020:  What have we here? Discovering our local flora, walk led by Roy Vickery, meet at Clapham South underground station, London Borough of Wandsworth, at 2.30 p.m.  Collection in aid of the South London Botanical Institute.

Sunday 7 June 2020:  Our Wonderful Wildflowers, walk led by Roy Vickery, Beddington Park, Carshalton, London Borough of Sutton, starting at 2.30 p.m. and lasting for approximately 90 minutes. Meet at the Pavilion Café.  Contact  Event cancelled due to coronavirus.

Wednesday 17 June 2020:  Plants & their Folklore, walk led by Roy Vickery, meet at the Clockhouse pub, Barry Road, SE22 9QA, at 6.30 p.m.  Organised by the Peckham Society, and lasting approximately 90 minutes.

Saturday 20 June 2020:  Botanical Ramble, c. 7½ miles, enjoying plants in Epping Forest, led by Roy Vickery; meet at Chingford station at 10.30 a.m., following the arrival of the 10.03 train from Liverpool Street (but check train times nearer the date), bring packed lunch. Organised by the South London Botanical Institute.  Postponed due to coronavirus. 

Wednesday 24 June 2020:  Hidden Wildflowers, walk led by Roy Vickery, Hillside Gardens Park, SW2, London Borough of Lambeth, meet at entrance nearest Downton Avenue, at 7.00 p.m. Collection in aid of the South London Botanical Institute.

Provisional. Sunday 9 August 2020:  afternoon Plant Walk led by Roy Vickery, Mitcham Common, London Borough of Merton, organized by the Friends of Mitcham Common, details to be finalized.

Sunday 16 August 2020:  Lumps, bumps & wiggles –  An introduction to plant-galls and leafmines with Roy Vickery, Tooting Common, London Borough of Wandsworth, meet at the café, off Bedford Hill, at 2 p.m.  Organised by the South London Botanical Institute.

Sunday 30 August 2020:  Botanical Survey of Pleasance Allotments, led by Roy Vickery, meet at entrance to the Allotments, next to 18 The Pleasance, SW15 5HF, 11 a.m. – 3p.m., a joint London Natural History Society/South London Botanical Institute event.

Wednesday 23 September 2020:  Herbal Heritage: Uses of our Native Plants with Roy Vickery, St Leonard’s churchyard, Streatham, SW16 1HS, London Borough of Lambeth, meet at the entrance to the church at 2.00 p.m.  The South London Botanical Institute’s contribution to Lambeth Heritage Festival; collection in aid of SLBI funds.

Saturday 3 October 2020:  Botanical Survey of St Leonard’s churchyard, Streatham, London Borough of Lambeth,with Roy Vickery. Meet at the entrance ot the church at 11 a.m.  Continuing the South London Botanical Institute’s monitoring of the site’s flora, started in March 2008.  All welcome. 

Image:  Brompton Cemetery, London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, April 2019, © Peter Matthews.

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

‘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  5 June 2020.