Crockham Hill November 2022 Newsletter - Flipbook - Page 11
The majority of ‘foragers’ and I use the term lightly, appear to have
travelled specifically to this area and are not local. Many were also in
groups that appeared to be well organised. I have no doubt that some of
this is commercial foraging which makes it illegal. However, there is
absolutely no way we will ever be able to prove that.
As I’m sure you are aware, it is not against the law to forage for any fruit,
flowers, fungi or foliage growing wild on any land even if you are not the
landowner. This implied permission derived from common law makes it
nearly impossible for any landowner to enforce. There are exemptions for
foraging within the Theft act, Criminal Damage act and even the Wildlife
and Countryside act is of little use. This leaves only civil prosecutions really.
There have a been a couple of recent prosecutions by the Forestry
Commission and Natural England for alleged commercial foraging that
were thrown out even though the grounds for prosecution appeared
We have posted signs but sadly there is not much more we can do, the
plethora of books about survival and food for free that litter the shelves of
bookstores, have opened this opportunity up to more people. I have
discussed this nationally with my colleagues and it IS a national problem.
Many NT, RSPB, Woodland Trust and Wildlife Trust sites have seen a huge
increase in footfall of ‘foragers’ and I don’t see anything changing legally
and fear the situation will get worse before it gets better. I have already
documented the disappearance of several uncommon fungi, (non-edible
interestingly) from Toys Hill due to increased visitor numbers.
The only very dim light on the horizon is that the Forestry Commission have
engaged 6 universities to study the impacts of foraging over the next 5
years. The results of this study may prompt a change in the law, but I doubt
The limerick is a poetic form shrouded in mystery: nobody knows why
they’re named after Limerick, who invented the form, or when they were
first composed. It consists of five lines with lines 1, 2 and 5 rhyming and
verses 3 and 4 rhyming: