I’ve included this news item to illustrate the point that responsibility for the safeguarding and sensible husbandry of the environment falls not just upon big corporations and government.
The responsibility falls upon all of us.
Often, we the citizenry can play a vital role in helping the environment – and thus one another -through our own good judgement, reason and common sense or do harm by our lack thereof.
Pillage of The Epping Forest for free food is an example.
The environment needs less pillage, more husbandry.
Epping Forest: Wildlife and trees ‘under threat’ from mushroom picking operations
The fungi is a valuable food source for insects and animals, and protects the roots of more than one million trees.
The City of London Corporation says Epping Forest is being stripped of its wild mushrooms by large-scale foraging, depriving hundreds of insect species and animals such as deer of a valuable food source.
The mushrooms are being picked despite being protected under local laws, as they are a major reason why the forest has protected status – including as a site of special scientific interest and a special area of conservation.
It means those responsible could be fined or prosecuted, following in the footsteps of 18 people who have ended up facing legal action for foraging in the forest since 2014.
Graeme Doshi-Smith, chairman of the corporation’s Epping Forest and Commons Committee, said: “Fungi play an incredibly important role in the delicate balance of biodiversity which makes Epping Forest special.
“We welcome the millions of people who come to enjoy this protected site. But I urge our visitors to leave the fungi how they find them – untouched.
“Our job is to protect this ancient woodland for everyone to enjoy. Hoovering up fungi on such a large scale is ecologically damaging and is simply unsustainable.”
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