About George Proud

GeorgeI am a retired surgeon from Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary. I am also retired from a second, more recent, occupation of being a priest in the Anglican Communion. What I am not is a botanist. I am simply someone who has had an interest in wild flowers since school days, and also an interest in photography.

The folk-lore surrounding wild flowers is fascinating: the uses to which plants have been applied in the past is also fascinating - but sometimes frightening. This book attempts to present these folk-lores, and medical uses, in as clear a way as possible. Of necessity one has had to limit the number of plants shown and described - about one hundred and sixty are presented here with about another ninety plants related to them.

Identifying plants is not the prime function of the book, but to assist the reader a simple flower identification chart is included and which I hope you find helpful. The great majority of the plants can be seen throughout Great Britain, but I could not resist the temptation to include just a (very) small number of plants that might only be seen in the Northern Dales or coast.

If you spot any inaccuracies do please let me know. Equally, if you have further anecdotes about any of the plants, it would be really good to hear from you.