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.

Friday 29 – Sunday 31 March 2019:  Folklore Society Annual Conference, Folklore & the Nation, University of Derby, 1 Friar Gate Square, Derby, including lecture by Roy Vickery, Shamrock, rose, thistle & daffodil (or should it be leek?):  Plants as national symbols.

Saturday 6 April 2019:  Plant recording in St Leonard’s churchyard, London Borough of Lambeth, led by Roy Vickery, from 11 a.m. and lasting for about 90 minutes.  The South London Botanical Institute has been monitoring the plants growing on this site for many years.  Free to all.

Saturday 6 April 2019: Spring Flowers, walk led by Roy Vickery, Brompton Cemetery, London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, meet at the Cemetery’s North Lodge, just inside the Old Brompton Road entrance to the Cemetery at 2.30 p.m.

Thursday 18 April 2019:  Straw bears & onion fayres, talk by Roy Vickery, describing his travels in search of plant folklore, at the South London Botanical Institute, 323 Norwood Road, London, SE24 9AQ (c. 10 minutes walk from Tulse Hill station), 7 p.m.  Free to members of the SLBI, £5 for others.

Monday 13 May 2019: Wonderful Weeds, talk by Roy Vickery, at St Mary’s Church, Church Road, Beddington Park, London Borough of Sutton, 7.30 p.m.  Organised by Beddington Park HLF Project, contact

Wednesday 29 May 2019:  Herbal Heritage:  Wildflowers in St Nicholas Churchyard, an exploration of the churchyard’s plants and discussion of their past uses, led by Roy Vickery; meet at the Church Lane (not the main church) entrance to St Nicholas, Tooting, churchyard (SW17 9PP), about 10 minutes walk from Tooting Broadway tube station, at 6.30 p.m.   The South London Botanical Institute’s contribution to the Wandsworth Heritage Festival; collection in aid of SLBI funds.

Monday 3 June 2019:  Herbal Heritage: Medicinal Uses of Wild Plants, led by Roy Vickery, Tooting Common, meet at the cafe, at 7.00 p.m., nearest station (mainline and tube) Balham.  Organised by the Friends of Tooting Common.

Wednesday 12 June 2019:  Wonderful Weeds, walk led by Roy Vickery, Roupell Park Estate, Brixton, London; meet at the entrance to the Friends (Quaker) Meeting House, Redlands Way, SW2 3LU, at 7.00 p.m.  Collection in aid of the South London Botanical Institute.

Saturday 20 July 2019:  Herbal Heritage, walk led by Roy Vickery, Waterloo Millenium Green, London, SE1, c. 10 minutes walk from Waterloo stations; meet at the Bayliss Road entrance to the Green (near the junction with Lower Marsh), at 2.30 p.m.  Collection in aid of the South London Botanical Institute.

Monday 22 July 2019: Plant Walk led by Roy Vickery, Tooting Common, meet at the junction of Elmbourne Road with Tooting Bec Road at 7.00 p.m., nearest tube station Tooting Bec. Organised by the Friends of Tooting Common.

Sunday 21 July 2019:  Summer Wildflowers, walk led by Roy Vickery, Wandsworth Common, London, meet at the Skylark Café in the centre of the Common, at 2.30 p.m.  Organised by the Friends of Wandsworth Common.

Wednesday 21 August 2019:  Tree walk, led by Roy Vickery, Streatham Park Estate, London, SW16; meet at junction of Ullathorne and Thrale Roads, London, SW16, at 2.30 p.m. Collection in aid of the South London Botanical Institute.

Sunday 20 October 2019:  Talk on plant folklore by Roy Vickery at the Chichester, West Sussex,  Quaker Meeting House; details to be confirmed

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

‘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 4 March 2019.