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

Saturday 22 September 2018:  Fifth Plant Walk on Tooting Common (see 2 May for details), meet at junction of Gerrads and Tooting Bec Roads, at 2.30 p.m.  Part of the South London Botanical Institute’s contribution to the Lambeth Heritage Festival, and a follow up to an event about the botanical exploration of the Common, at the Institute on Thursday 20 September.

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 3 October 2018:  Neglected Uses of Wild Plants, walk around the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Garden, discussing the many uses of our native flora, for Garden volunteers. 2.30 – 3.30 p.m.

Wednesday 7 November 2018:  Roy Vickery will be talking about Plant Folklore Past and Present following the Annual General Meeting of the London Natural History Society’s Botany Section, in the Bertrand Russell Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL, nearest tibe station Holborn (Central and Piccadilly lines).  The AGM starts at 6.30 p.m.

Feedback on past events

‘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 9 September 2018.