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. Due to current restrictions all walks are limited to a total of six participants.

Fridays 10 July 2020  – 30 October 2020:  From 10 July the South London Botanical Institute will organise a series of plant walks led by Roy Vickery, on Friday mornings, starting at 11 a.m. and lasting for about an hour.  Priority will be given to SLBI members; for details, etc., please see 

Wednesday 28 October 2020 Autumn Plant Walk, led by Roy Vickery, Wandsworth Common, London, starting at 11 a.m., organised by the Friends of Wandsworth Common,, booking essential.

Thursday 29 October 2020 (provisional):  three talks, via ZOOM, organized by the London branch of the Ancient Tree Forum, in conjunction with the Urban Tree Festival, including a talk by Roy Vickery on tree folklore. Event postponed.

Friday 30 October 2020:  Autumn Trees, walk led by Roy Vickery, Ruskin Park, London Borough of Lambeth, starting at 11 a.m. and continuing for approximately 90 minutes; see http://http;//www, for details.

Tuesday 3 November 2020:  tree identification session led by Roy Vickery, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., for park volunteers, Beddington Park, London Borough of Sutton.

Saturday 14 November 2020:  Trees & Weedswalk led by Roy Vickery, West Norwood Cemetery, London Borough of Lambeth, starting at 2.00 p.m.  from the main entrance to the Cemetery, in Norwood High Street, and continuing for approximately 90 minutes, depending on weather conditions.  Free, but booking essential, please contact

Tuesday 12 January 2021:  Meet the Author:  Roy Vickery talks about his book ‘Vickery’s Folk Flora’, via ZOOM, organized by the Friends of Carnegie Library –, starting at 7.00 p.m.

Wednesday 28 April 2021:  Roy Vickery leads an event for Kinship in Nature,, Wandstead Friends Meeting House, Bush Road, London, E11; details to be confirmed.

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. 

‘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 22 October 2020.