Plant-Lore

Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Events

Roy Vickery is available to give talks and lead walks, for further information see the Compiler page of this website, or e-mail roy@plant-lore.com.

Note: The listed events are arranged by a variety of organisations many of whom might want to charge a fee, or take a collection in aid of their funds. The list includes all of Roy’s upcoming plant events, some of which will have little or no folklore content.

Roy is occasionally available to provide one-to-one walks, or walks for small groups, in the London area, in exchange for a donation to the South London Botanical Institute.

UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED ALL EVENTS ARE LED BY ROY VICKERY

Saturday 2 March 2024:  Walk and Talk on Tooting Common, London Borough of Wandsworth, organised by https://walkandtakmovement.org, meet outside San Remo Café, off Bedford Hill, c.10 minutes walk from Balham stations, at 10.30 a.m., and continuing for about an hour.  Free, booking not required.  

Saturday 16 March 2024:  Spring Flora, walk on Tooting Common, London Borough of Wandsworth, meet in the carpark at the junction of Dr Johnson Avenue with Tooting Bec Road, c. 10 minutes walk from Tooting Bec tube station, at 2.00 p.m. and continuing for c.75 minutes.  Organised by Friends of Tooting Common –  http://www.friendsoftootingcommon.uk – free, booking unnecessary.

Saturday 13 April 2024:  Springtime Wild Flowers, walk around Brompton Cemetery,  London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, organised by the Friends of Brompton Cemetery – https://brompton-cemetery.org.uk.  Starting at the Cemetery’s North Gate, at 2.00 p.m. and continuing for c.90 minutes. £10.

Sunday 14 April 2024:  Botany for Beginners (and Others), field meeting on Tooting Common, London Borough of Wandsworth, meet outside San Remo Café, off Bedford Hill, c.10 minutes walk from Balham stations, at 2 p.m., and continuing for about two hours.  Jointly organised by the London Natural History Society and the South London Botanical Institute; free and all welcome.

Monday 15 April 2024:  Springtime Wild Flowers, walk on Wandsworth Common, starting at 10.30 a.m. and continuing for c.75 minutes.  Organised by the Friends of Wandsworth Common – https://www.wandsworthcommon.org – booking necessary.

Monday 20 May 2024:  Healing Hedgerows, walk on Tooting Common, London Borough of Wandsworth, starting at 10.30 a.m. and continuing for c. 90 minutes Organised by the South London Botanical Institute –  http://www.slbi.org.uk– as a contribution to the Wandsworth Heritage Festive, booking required.

Thursday 6 June 2024:  Healing Hedgerows, walk in Battersea Park, starting at 11.00 a.m. and continuing for c.75 minutes. Meet at the Chelsea Gate entrance to the Park (just south of Chelsea Bridge).  Free, booking not required.  A contribution to the Wandsworth Heritage Festival.  

Wednesday 19 June 2024: Prison Bank Wild Flower Hunt, Wandsworth Common, our annual visit to the flower-rich site beside Trinity Road, meeting at 7.00 p.m. and continuing for c.75 minutes.  Organised by the Friends of Wandsworth Common –  https://www.wandsworthcommon.org – booking necessary.

Thursday 20 June 2024:  Midsummer Wild Flower Hunt, Brockwell Park, London Borough of Lambeth, meet at the Clock Tower at 7.00 p.m. and continuing for c.90 minutes. Organised by the South London Botanical Institute – https://www.slbi.org.uk – for which a collection will be taken.  All welcome.

Saturday 22 June 2024:  Wild Flowers and their Folklore, Brompton Cemetery, London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea; a contribution to the Beatrix Potter Society’s Garden Open Day. Details to be confirmed.

Sunday 21 July 2024:  Ecology Walk led by Jane McLauchlin and Roy Vickery, Norwood Grove and Nettlefold Field, London Borough of Croydon, meet at the junction of Gibson’s Hill with Beulah Hill, at 2.00 p.m. and continuing for c. two hours.  Jointly organised by the Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society – https://cbhss.co.org – and the South London Botanical Institute –  https://www.slbi.org.uk.  All welcome.

Thursday 1 August 2024:  Urban Botany, walk around Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, meet at 11 a.m. at junction of Vauxhall Walk with Glasshouse Walk, London Borough of Lambeth, organised by the South London Botanical Institute – http://www/slbi.org.uk –  booking necessary.

Thursday 22 August 2024: Pavement Plant Prowl, meet at the South London Botanical Institute, 323 Norwood Road (c.10 minutes walk from Tulse station), London Borough of Lambeth, at 11 a.m. A South London Botanical Institute http://www.slbi.org.uk event; booking necessary.

Thursday 10 April 2025:  talk to Sanderstead Horticultural Society. Details to be confirmed.

Feedback on past events                                                                                                                                                                    NEGATIVE FEEDBACK WOULD BE APPRECIATED SO THAT FUTURE TALKS AND EVENTS CAN BE IMPROVED.    For more recent feedback see reports of individual events on the Blog page of this website.

‘What an absolutely wonderful talk! … I had a blast’ [Zoom talk on the folklore an uses of hedgerow plants, for the Shropshire branch of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England, 12 January 2022].

‘A wonderful experience – it has inspired me to look further at the overlooked wild flowers I come across daily – and, I should add, Roy was a delight!’ [Wandsworth Heritage Festival plant walk, 11 June 2021].

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‘Thank you so much, that was fantastic’ [Festival of the Great North Wood on-line talk, 14 April 2021].

‘Very engaging’, [St Leonard’s, Streatham, Herbal Heritage walk, 23 September 2020].

‘Thanks for yesterday.  Me and my friends had a blast.  Can’t wait for the next stomp’ [Tooting Common tree walk, 29 August 2020].

‘Thanks for the very informative talk last night.  Everyone said how interesting it was’ [talk to Dulwich, Peckham & Crystal Palace Rotary Club, 26 August 2020].

‘Roy was warmly thanked  for an excellent and entertaining talk’ [report on the London Natural History Society’s Botany Section  2018 AGM talk, London Naturalist, 98: 21, 2019].                                                                               

 ‘Roy provided a master-class. You simply cannot buy that experience’ [Camberwell Old Cemetery Plant Walk, September 2019].

‘Thanks very much for … your exceedingly interesting talk’ [Leigh-on-Sea Horticultural Society, 5 January 2019].

‘Thank you so much for your walk and talk yesterday Roy, it was much appreciated and has prompted ideas for future activities’ [Friends of Stambourne Woods, 8 September 2018].

‘I just wanted to write to say how much my partner and I enjoyed the walk in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park today.  It was a fascinating tour and got me thinking about local names and stories about plants …  it has certainly left me wanting to learn more’ [5 August 2018].

‘Thanks for an enjoyable and so interesting walk on Cranham Marshes last evening’ [12 July 2018].

‘Roy was very insightful and cleared up some doubts I had about some of the weeds’ [National Weed Appreciation Day, 28 March 2018].

‘Being in Roy’s company and having an opportunity to soak up his knowledge’ [most enjoyable aspect of Plant Folklore for Walk Leaders, South London Botanical Institute, 21 February 2018].

‘Many thanks for your very entertaining and informative talk at the FOTC AGM yesterday – much appreciated’ [Friends of Tooting Common, 13 November 2017].

‘I really enjoyed the [Poppies – beyond Flanders Fields] talk’ [South London Botanical Institute, 10 November 2017].

‘Thank you for your talk yesterday afternoon.  I find folklore to be a fascinating subject, and was very interested to hear of the examples which you spoke about’ [Purley Townswomen’s Guild, 8 November 2017].

‘Really enjoyed the walk’ [Streatham Park tree walk, 23 September 2017].

Images: upper, discussing hemlock, Conium maculatum, Spring Gardens, Vauxhall, London Borough of Lambeth, March 2021, © Melat Negash;  middle, start of  plant walk, Streatham Cemetery, London Borough of  Wandsworth, June 2023, © Guy Eaglesfield;  bottom, discussing Weeds & their Uses, Railside Community Garden, Streatham, London Borough of Lambeth, August 2021, © Amanda Waite.

Updated 8 February 2024