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

Sunday 25 March 2018:  We will continue our exploration of the Tooting Common woodlands with a visit to Bedford Woods.  Meet at the junction of Emmanuel, Fernlea and Cavendish Roads, about 10 minutes walk from Balham stations, at 2.30 p.m.  Free (voluntary collection in aid of local Green Party funds).

Wednesday 28 March 2018:  A walk around Glengall Wharf Community Garden, Burgess Park, to celebrate National Weed Appreciation Day, led by Roy Vickery.  Looking at weeds, discussing their uses, and, hopefully, sampling foods made from them.  Organised by the South London Botanical Institute –  Free event, but booking, £5 refundable deposit, necessary.

Sunday 8 April 2018:  Another walk exploring the Tooting Common woodlands – this time Streatham Woods – meet at the entrance to the Lido car park, off Tooting Bec Road,  at 2.30 p.m.  Free (voluntary collection in aid of local Green Party funds).

Sunday 15 April 2018:  Great North Wood Walk, a six mile walk through the remaining fragments of the Great North Wood, which ran from Deptford to Selhurst, led my Edwin Mallins of the London Wildlife Trust, and Roy Vickery.  Meet at the Rookery Café, Streatham Common, SW16 3BZ, at 12 noon.  Organised by the South London Botanical Institute –  No booking necessary; £2 suggested donation.

Wednesday 25 April 2018:  Plant recording in St Leonard’s churchyard, Streatham, SW16 1HS, with Roy Vickery, meet at the church entrance at 6.30 p.m.  Organised by the South London Botanical Institute whose members have been recording and monitoring changes in the site’s flora since March 2008.

Saturday 2 June 2018:  Woodside plants: natives, guests & invaders.  A stroll around Woodfield Recreation Ground, SW16, led by Roy Vickery, looking its plants and discussing how they got there.  Meet at the Pavilion, at 10 a.m.  Free; organised by the Woodfield Project – –  as a contribution to the Wandsworth Heritage Festival.

Sunday 3 June 2018:   Grassland Plants, walk led by Roy Vickery, as the South London Botanical Institute’ contribution to the Morden Hall Park Bioblitz.   The park, owned by the National Trust is about 10 minutes walk from Morden underground station, at the southern end of the Northern Line.  Meet at the Snuff Mill at 2.30 p.m.  Free.

Tuesday 12 June 2018:  Herbal Heritage: Medicinal and Other Uses of Wild Plants, led by Roy Vickery, Knight’s Hill Wood and Tivoli Park, London, SE27, 1 – c.3 p.m.  Meet at Portobello TRA Room, Cedar Tree Grove, off Lakeview Road, Portobello Estate, SE27 0QD.  Organised by Nature Vibezz –    Free; all welcome.

Wednesday 13 June 2018:  Midsummer Wildflowers, stroll around Palace Road Nature Garden, Palace Road, Brixton, SW2 3NJ, identifying wildflowers and discussing their folklore and uses, with Roy Vickery.  Meet at the western entrance to the Garden, at 7.30 p.m.  Organised jointly by the Friends of Palace Road Nature Garden and the South London Botanical Institute.  Free, but donations appreciated; all welcome.

Sunday 5 August 2018:  Enjoying Plants, a stroll around Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, an urban oasis packed with interesting vegetation, led by Roy Vickery, organised by the South London Botanical Institute.  Meet at the Southern Grove entrance to the Cemetery (a short walk from Mile End tube station), at 2.30 p.m.  Free, all welcome.

Saturday 18 August 2018: Summer Plant Walk led by Roy Vickery, Spring Gardens, Vauxhall, London Borough of Lambeth, meet at junction of Glasshouse Walk with Vauxhall Walk, SE11 5ER, at 2.30 p.m.  Organised by the South London Botanical Institute.  Free, but donations appreciated; all welcome.

Saturday 29 September 2018:  Wildflower Walk led by Roy Vickery, Brompton Cemetery, London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.  Meet at the North Lodge, Old Brompton Road (about 5 minutes walk from West Brompton and 10 minutes walk from Earls Court tube stations.  Organised by the Friends of Brompton Cemetery.

Wednesday 7 November 2018 (to be confirmed):  Roy Vickery will be talking about Plant Folklore Past and Present at the Annual General Meeting of the London Natural History Society’s Botany Section.

Feedback on past events

‘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  13 March 2018.