Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

REMINDER: Woodland Walk, 24 November

Roy Vickery’s final walk of the year will take place on Sunday 24 November –  a Woodland Walk starting from East Finchley station at 2 p.m. and finishing at Highgate station (both on the Northern Line).  All welcome; collection in aid of Barnet Green Party.

Report:  About eight people turned up for the final walk of the year.  In fact we never got beyond the first green area, Cherry Tree Wood, so we did a circular route, finishing back at our starting point.  Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) trees formed the most obvious part of the vegetation, but we also discussed yew (Taxus baccata), elder (Sambucus nigra) and a variety of other plants.  Participants recalled seeing whistles being made from white deadnettle (Lamium album) in Co. Limerick, a sister making jam, which no one would eat, from yew arils, eating nettles (Urtica dioica) as a spring vegetable in Ireland, using conkers (Aesculus hippocastanum seeds) to deter clothes moths, and making wine from leaves of oak (Quercus sp.)  and walnut (Juglans regia); the latter  is said to be particularly good.

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