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REMINDER: Knowing our Weeds

Roy Vickery will be leading a session Knowing our Weeds at the Streatham Common Community Garden, London Borough of Lambeth, on Sunday 3 March, starting at 2 p.m. All welcome; for further details see the Events page on this website.

Report:  About 12 people turned up on a damp blustery afternoon and spent about an hour discussing some of the weeds found in the Garden, and their uses.  It was explained that most plants which we categorise as weeds are archaeophytes, having been introduced, usually accidentally, before 1500.  These plants, together with other ‘common or garden’ plants were the ones which people usually used for medicinal purposes, but when medicine was commercialised they were neglected; it was easier to charge for medicines made from exotic ingredients than ones made from, say, old cabbage leaves.  After about 45 minutes outside the weather deteriorated, so we continued our discussion indoors.  Participants seemed to agree that they’d had an interesting afternoon.

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