Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

REMINDER: Folklore & Uses of Woodland Plants

Sunday 2 October 2022: two walks discussing the Folklore and Uses of Woodland Plants, one starting at 11.00 a.m., and the other at 1.00 p.m., Beaulieu Heights, London Borough of Croydon; for further details see the Events page on this website.

Report:  26 people in all turned up, each group spending about 90 minutes wandering around different parts of the site and discussing some of the plants found there.  The first walk started, and the second walk finished, at an ash, Fraxinus excelsior, tree which had conspicuous bunches of fruit – ‘keys’  In the nineteenth century it was recorded that when ash trees failed to produce keys there would be a death in the Royal Family, but this tree seemed to suggest that such ideas were mistaken.  At the end of both walks a number of participants recorded their plant-lore memories.  Thank you.

‘Many thanks for your talk this afternoon and bringing alive some of our human/plant relationships.’

‘The two walks … were brilliantly received and so good that one person came along twice!’

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