Collecting the folklore and uses of plants


1. [c. 1940s, Bray and Cookham, Berkshire] a the local man used to look after the roads and lanes – he would mend them so there were never any puddles in the winter – he earned £2 a week. His wife used to make wine from parsnips which she sold to American service-men. When she died, they pulled back the wallpaper in her cottage and found a pile of red pound-notes – she didn’t have a licence to make wine, so she was afraid to bank her money [Fulham, London, April 2012].

Image: Streatham, London Borough of Lambeth; December 2014.