Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Plant-lore Archive: August 2017

During the month the Archive was enriched by 16 items of information received from nine contributors; particular thanks to Nathalie Chevallier-Hean for memories of her childhood in Alsace, France.  It’s always good to get comparative information from outside Britain and Ireland.  The Archive now contains 7523 items of information from  2104 contributors.

After problems in July the website is now working well, but only 7828 searches were made, down from 8707 in August 2016.  We assume that this was due to the problems in July, and hope that things will soon pick up again.

Work on the draft of the Folk Flora is now approximately 80% complete.  It is planned to finish this by mid October, when a final appeal for information will be made before the final manuscript is sent to the publishers at the end of the year.  If you have any information which you think might be relevant please send it in to now.  Recent information from c.1970 onwards would be particularly appreciated.

A number of walks were organised and a visit was paid to South Queensferry to see the Burry Man.

Image:  Roy Vickery with members of the Wimbledon Common Nature Club, 6 August 2017; © Auriel Glanville.

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