It’s THAT time of the year again. Daffs coming up nicely and some park visitors think it is ok to steal them and deprive others of the enjoyment of seeing the park at its best.
The daffodils in Sandall park are not wild – we planted them. That makes them cultivated and subject to the Theft Act. The 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act also makes it an offence.
Do we want people prosecuting? The answer is no – there are far worse things happening in the world – but it is really disheartening to our volunteers who have been preparing the park for spring. We do though ask everyone to be reasonable and leave the flowers for others to enjoy. We actually see parents encouraging their children to take daffodils, previously we’ve also seen park daffodils on sale outside a local house. Not good at all.
Personally I blame the person who decided to put Mothers Day in the middle of the Daffodil season!
Under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act, it’s illegal in the UK to:
Pick flowers in public parks or community gardens
Pick flowers on National Trust property or nature reserves
Pick flowers from roundabouts etc (which are looked after by the council)
Intentionally pick, uproot or destroy any wild plant without permission from the landowner or occupier.