Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Plant-lore Archive: October 2020

October was a relatively quiet month with 16 items of information being received from 16 contributors, bringing the total to 8468 items from 2752 informants.

Two walks were led for the Friends of Wandsworth Common, and six for the South London Botanical Institute.

On the 22 October the publishers reported that 2,675 copies of Vickery’s Folk Flora had been sold, this they considered to be ‘very respectable in a Covid-19 environment’.

Work was completed on a 497-page first draft of a book on English local plant-names; so far no publisher has been sought for this work.

One publication was produced:

Review of Thomas Hatsis, Psychedelic Mystery Traditions: Spirit Plants, Magical Practices and Ecstatic States, in Folkore 131: 330-1.

Image: dogwood, Cornus sanguinea, Tooting Common, London Borough of Wandsworth, October 2020.

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