3.5 out of 5 stars

A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.

I remember reading a meme once that said that we need water and sunlight and are in essence just a houseplant with complicated emotions. But we need plants for all manner of things, food, shelter, clothing and if you know what you are doing then can be used to heal too.

Knowing what plant can be used for what particular ailment requires years of specialist knowledge and sadly it is something that most of us have lost as we moved from the country to towns. Thankfully is not totally lost as a select few people have managed to keep the country wisdom and are now beginning to share it with us.

Whilst not as comprehensive as the 900-page behemoth, Vickery’s Folk Flora by Roy Vickery, this is a beautifully produced book. The images and layout are really nicely done and there is enough information to give you an introduction to the medicinal treatments that we have used plants for and the folklore behind some of our common species. The A to Z format means that plants can be found quickly and the prose is full of useful information.

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