A peaceful walk discovering the beauty and origins of wild flowers
Part of Wandsworth Heritage Festival
Alongside some of Battersea’s former residents, Battersea Rise Cemetery is also home to many wonderful wild flowers. This walk offers the chance to learn more about them.
St Mary’s Cemetery opened in 1860, and was set up by St Mary’s Burial Board in an area that was once part of Wandsworth Common. An L-shaped site, the cemetery was laid out on a grid pattern and still has its original cast iron entrance gates and brick gate piers, the gates decorated with religious motifs. The entrance lodge has been rebuilt but the small Gothic chapels remain, with porte-cochère between.
Roy is a renowned botanist specialising in plant-lore and also president of the SLBI, as well as the author of Vickery’s Folk Flora.
NB Participants are limited to the numbers currently permitted by the government regarding social distancing, presently 6 people at 1+ metres, should that change we will update the ticket availability.
Roy will not be wearing a mask for audio reasons i.e. so that he can be heard, but will be happy to should any participant prefer him to.
NB: Walking mainly on tarmac. Nearest station: Clapham Junction. You will be given the meeting point after booking.
Roy Vickery, Plant-lore.com
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