Take an informative ramble through the backstreets and narrow ways of Bankside, SE1 and along the South Embankment in the River of Flowers Central London, in search of overlooked and neglected urban herbs, which hide in plain sight. You can find a hayfever remedy, a plant to stop the flow of a bleeding cut and one that even lowers blood pressure! Learn how to identify these with medical herbalist Marcos Patchett, who practices at Neals Yard, Covent Garden and Middlesex University’s Park Clinic in North London.
The pavements, gardens, parks and rooftops are not only London’s overlooked medicinal treasure trove but they are also a source of essential nectar and pollen for urban pollinators including bees and butterflies. River of Flowers is a nonprofit social enterprise working in partnership to link these spaces with trails or ‘rivers’ of wildflowers and create safe routes through cities for pollinators. We have teamed up with the Bankside Urban Forest, a long term partnership project coordinated by Better Bankside, that has been enhancing the streets, pavements, squares and parks between the riverside and Elephant and Castle since 2008, and has planted nearly 300 trees!
The Urban Wild Plant Safari is three hours long so please bring comfortable shoes and something to drink en route. It will start at the Tate Community Garden at 2pm and then visit the various flowering ‘Pimped Pavements’, ‘Wildways’, tree pits and rain gardens created by the Bankside Urban Forest and their partners.