Husbandry is senior to pillage: the mushrooms of Epping Forest

Wildlife and trees under threat

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.

–  Steve

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.

An ancient woodland and its native wildlife are under threat from large-scale mushroom picking operations to supply restaurants and markets, the owner of the land has warned.

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.

Also said to be under threat are the more than one million trees themselves, including beech and oak, which rely on types of fungus to protect their roots.
LONDON - OCTOBER 25: Fungi grow on the trunk of a tree in Epping Forest on October 25, 2008 in London, England. With around 1,200 different species of fungi, Epping Forest is one of the richest fungal sites in the UK. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
The forest is one of the richest fungal sites in the UK

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.

Embargoed to 0001 Wednesday November 06 Undated handout photo issued by the City of London Corporation of a seizure of a haul of mushrooms from Epping Forest as commercial pickers are stripping ancient woodland of wild mushrooms for sale to restaurants and markets, the City of London Corporation has said. PA Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 6, 2019. The corporation, which owns and manages the forest, is warning the fungus pickers that they could be fined or prosecuted for gathering mushroom
One of the mushroom hauls recently seized

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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