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

Note: The listed events are arranged by a variety of organizations many of whom might want to charge a fee, or take a collection in aid of their funds. 

Due to Covid regulations it is necessary to book in advance for most events.

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

Tuesday 1 June 2021:  Plant walk led by Roy Vickery for the Renaissance Foundation. Postponed until later in the summer.

Friday 30 July 2021: Plant-lore of our English Hedgerows, walk led by Roy Vickery for the Shropshire branch of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England, Treverward (near Clun), 2-4 p.m.; details, etc., from

Saturday 31 July 2021:  Plant-lore of our English Hedgerows,  walk led by Roy Vickery for the Shropshire branch of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England, Bishops Castle, 10 a.m.-12 noon; details, etc., from

Sunday 1 August 2021:  Tree Walk, led by Roy Vickery, Tooting Common, London Borough of Wandsworth, nearest stations Balham (mainline and Northern Line), meet at the café, off Bedford Hill, at 2.30 p.m., and continuing for approximately 90 minutes.  A Friends of Tooting Common, event.

Saturday 21 August 2021:  Botanical ramble along the Mole Valley, with Roy Vickery, seeing some of the area’s rarities, including greater dodder and small teasel.   Meet at Box Hill and Westhumble station at 11.15 (the 10.24 train from London Waterloo is  due to arrive at 11.11); please bring a packed lunch. A South London Botanical Institute event, book via

Saturday 4 September 2021:  Herbal Heritage walk led by Roy Vickery, as the South London Botanical Institute’s contribution to the Lambeth Local History Fair, at St Mark’s Church, Kennington, starting at 3.30 p.m. and continuing for c.30-45 minutes.

Sunday 5 September 2021: Weeds and their Uses, stroll led by Roy Vickery, Railside Community Garden, London Borough of Lambeth, details to be confirmed later;

Saturday 2 October 2021:  Plant Hunt, led by Roy Vickery, Woolwich Common, London Borough of Greenwich, a Friends of Woolwich Common and South London Institute, event, starting at 11 a.m. and continuing for about two hours – how many species will we find?  

Sunday 3 October 2021: Botanical Survey, One Tree Hill Allotments, Honor Oak, London Borough of Lewisham, with Roy Vickery and others, continuing the London Natural History Society and South London Botanical Institute’s –  surveys of wild plants on London allotment sites, to be fed into the new atlas of the London area, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Free, but booking essential:

Wednesday 12 January 2021:   Zoom talk by Roy Vickery on plant folklore, for the Shropshire branch of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England; details to be confirmed.

Images:  upper, discussing hemlock (Conium maculatum), Spring Gardens, Vauxhall, London Borough of Lambeth, March 2021, © Melat Negash; middle, West Norwood Cemetery, June 2021; lower, small teasel beside River Mole, August 2020.

Feedback on past events                                                                                                                                                                  NEGATIVE FEEDBACK WOULD BE APPRECIATED SO THAT FUTURE TALKS AND EVENTS CAN BE IMPROVED. 

‘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].

‘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].

Updated 27 July 2021.