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.

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.

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 – 3.30  p.m.  Organised by the Friends of Wandsworth Common.

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.

Saturday 10 August 2019: Holditch Hall Flower Show, west Dorset, to be opened at 2 p.m. by Roy Vickery, who attended the first show who attended the first show in 1955, and whose parents served on the Hall committee for many years.

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.

Saturday 21 September 2019:  Wildflower Walk led by Roy Vickery, Streatham Cemetery, Garratt Lane, London, SW17 (nearest tube station Tooting Broadway), starting at 3 p.m. and lasting for approximately an hour.  Part of the celebrations to mark the unveiling of a blue plaque to commemorate Peter Barr (1826-1909), ‘the Daffodil King’.  Further details from

Sunday 29 September 2019:  Autumn Wildflowers, walk led by Roy Vickery, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, starting at 2 p.m.; details to be confirmed.

Sunday 13 October 2019:  Autumn Plants: Their Uses & Folklore, walk led by Roy Vickery, Ruskin Park, London Borough of Lambeth, nearest station Denmark Hill, meet at the bandstand at 2.30 p.m.; organised by the Friends of Ruskin Park, contact:

Sunday 20 October 2019:  Celebrate our Weeds:  Folklore & Uses of Common Plants talk by Roy Vickery at the Chichester Quaker Meeting House, West Sussex; further details from

Tuesday 5 November 2019:  Wonderful Weeds, talk by Roy Vickery, at the Small Hall, St Paul’s United Reformed Church, 23 Croham Park Avenue, South Croydon, CR2 7HF, starting at 10.30 and continuing for about an hour.  Contact:

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.

‘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 14 July 2019.