Botanical Folk Tales

….a book of folk tales tailor-made for 21st century environmentalists….

Jini Reddy, Resurgence & Ecologist

I’ve written a collection of folk tales with a difference: all the stories involve trees and plants.

Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland is a story journey through the growing year, with folk tales of the land and the wild trees and plants that surround us through the seasons, in countryside, town and city.

A lot has been written about modern and historical British plant folklore. Most of this is fragmented: for example, we know that the elder tree has always been associated with witchcraft, or that nettles should be grasped by the stem. These are interesting connections, but they are not stories. It’s my search for these stories that has led to this project.

I’d like my book to be a valuable resource for experienced and new storytellers alike, and for it to be used in the field by environmental education organizations and practitioners such as Wildlife Trusts and Forest School.

These stories are part of our heritage; what better than to share them, telling them in the wilds, surrounded by the plants themselves?

Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland is published by the History Press, priced at £9.99. The stunning cover artwork is by David Wyatt.

It’s available from all good booksellers. If you would like to order a signed copy of the book directly from me, drop me a line.

You can read a review of Botanical Folk Tales by Jini Reddy in Resurgence & Ecologist here, as well as a podcast about the book. The Folklore Podcast has an episode about Botanical Folk Tales here.


Still collecting stories!

I’m still collecting folk tales and stories about plants and the land. If you know of local or traditional stories about plants from any part of Britain or Ireland, and you would be happy for them to be shared, then I’d love to hear from you. Please send me a few details using the contact form on this site.




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April 7th 2017: Plant folklore, plant folk tales

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