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Plant-lore Archive: March 2019

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Nine items of information were received from seven contributors during the month; special thanks to Janet Coyle who has supported the Archive and sent information over many years.  The Archive now contains 7912 items of information from 2368 contributors.

After several months of decreasing activity use of the website increased with 7750 searches being made; up on both March 2018 and February 2019.

A pre-publication copy of Vickery’s Folk Flora was received and found to be lacking its plant-name index.  It has been agreed that this printing should not be distributed or sold, and a new printing will be made.  This delays the availability of the book by about a month but the result is expected to be entirely satisfactory.

According to a book review in the Sunday Times of 31 March:  ‘Roy Vickery’s magisterial Folk Flora is an encyclopaedic door-stopper based on a heroic lifetime of scholarship and full of … wonderful details, covering the entire range of our native flora.’

A lecture ‘Shamrock, Rose, Thistle, and Daffodil (or should it be Leek?) – Plants as National Symbols’, was given at a rather poorly attended session of the Folklore Society’s conference, Folklore and the Nation, at the University of Derby.

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