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 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, but donations appreciated; all welcome.

Friday 17 August 2018:  Plants for All, a gentle stroll led by Roy Vickery, in Ruskin Park, London Borough of Lambeth, meet at the bandstand in the Park at 2. 00 p.m.  Organised by the Friends of Ruskin Park.

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.

Sunday 19 August 2018:  Fourth Plant Walk on Tooting Common, organised jointly by the Friends of Tooting Common and the South London Botanical Institute.  Meet at junction of Emmanuel and Rastell Roads, at 2.30 p.m.  Free, but donations to be shared between the organisers appreciated.

Saturday 8 September 2018:  The many uses of Woodland Plants, walk led by Roy Vickery, Stambourne Woods, London Borough of Croydon, meet at the Church Road entrance (SE19 2PS) to the Woods, on 249 bus route, c. 15 minutes walk from Crystal Palace station, at 11 a.m.  An all age event organised by the Friends of Stambourne Woods –  www/ – as part of one of their regular Conservation Days.

Sunday 9 September 2018:  Plants –  The good, the bad and  the ugly, walk led by Roy Vickery, Wandle Park, meet at the Merton High Road entrance to the Park (about five minutes walk from Colliers Wood tube station), at 2.30 p.m.  The South London Botanical Institute’s contribution to Wandle Fortnight.  Free, but donations in aid of the Institute appreciated.

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 (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.

Image: soapwort (Saponaria officinalis), Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, July 2018.

Feedback on past events

‘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 14 July 2018.