Plant-Lore

Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

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

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.

Tuesday 1 June 2021:  Plant walk led by Roy Vickery for the Renaissance Foundation. Postponed until later in the summer.

Friday 18 June 2021:  Pavement Prowl, with Roy Vickery, a second visit to Sistova Road, Balham, to examine its pavement ‘weeds’, starting place, at junction of Sistova Road with Bedford Hill, c.10 minutes walk from Balham stations, London Borough of Wandsworth,  starting at 11 a.m. and continuing for about 90 minutes.  A South London Botanical Institute event, booking necessary via http://www.slbi.org.uk/events/  One place left.

Saturday 19 June 2021:  Herbal Heritage: Exploring our Wild Plants and Discussing their Uses, walk led by Roy Vickery, Woolwich Common, London Borough of Woolwich, starting at 11 a.m. and continuing for about 90 minutes.  A Friends of Woolwich Common event. 11 a.m.walk fully booked, so a second one is arranged to start at 1.30 p.m.

Wednesday 23 June 2021:  Hidden Wild Flowers, walk led by Roy Vickery, Hillside Gardens Park, Hillside Road, London Borough of Lambeth, nearest station Tulse Hill, starting at 7.30 p.m. and continuing for about 90 minutes.  A South London Botanical Institute event, booking necessary via http://www/slbi.org.uk/events/

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

Sunday 25 June 2021:  Plant Hunt with Roy Vickery, West Norwood Cemetery, Norwood Road, London Borough of Lambeth, 2.00 – 4.00 p.m.  The South London Botanical Institute is considering conducting a survey of the Cemetery’s wild plants, with this in mind we will explore a small corner to see what we can find and identify; all are welcome, but booking is necessary via http://www/slbi.org.uk/events/

Friday 30 July 2021: Plant-lore of our English Hedgerows, an afternoon walk led by Roy Vickery for the Shropshire branch of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England; details, etc., from admin@cpreshropshire.org.uk

Saturday 31 July 2021:  Plant-lore of our English Hedgerows, a morning walk led by Roy Vickery for the Shropshire branch of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England; details, etc., from admin@cpreshropshire.org.uk

Saturday 2 October 2021:  Plant Hunt, led by Roy Vickery, Woolwich Common, London Borough of Greenwich, a Friends of Woolwich Common and South London Institute event, starting at 11 a.m. and continuing for about two hours – how many species will we find?  Further details to follow.

Images:  upper, discussing hemlock (Conium maculatum), Spring Gardens, Vauxhall, London Borough of Lambeth, March 2021, © Melat Negash; middle, pavement prowl in Sistova Road, July 2020, © Carlos Bruzon; lower, West Norwood Cemetery, June 2021.

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

‘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].

Updated  11 June 2021.