Posted 16th April
Wildflowers make a most wonderful sight. However, picking them can be something of a minefield, with many protected by the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act
To help you, Plantlife has released a code of conduct, which provides eight useful tips to remember when picking any of the twelve wild flowers they have said are safe to pick (you can see this here).
1 Ensure you're not trespassing on private land.
2 Avoid picking flowers from a nature reserve or other protected site (such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest), without getting the permission from the landowner first.
3 Only pick from large patches of abundant flowers. Make sure you leave plenty of flowers for others to enjoy, to set their seed and to provide other wildlife with the necessary pollen, nectar, seed or shelter.
4 Follow the one-in-twenty role - only pick one flower out of every twenty that you find. You should make sure you never diminish a display.
5 Only pick a small handful of flowers for personal use - on top of this, you should never pick for commercial gain either.
6 Avoid trampling on any flowers or vegetation.
7 Ensure you never uproot any plant without the permission of the landowner. You should also be aware that some plants cannot be picked without a licence (these are listed on Schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act).
8 If in doubt, don't pick them - if you're not sure of the plant's identity, leave it where you found it. Take a photograph instead, and try to identify it at home first.
Tips courtesy of Plantlife / image courtesy of Plantlife & Jamie King