Fifteen people are due in court today charged with foraging fungi in Epping Forest.

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Fifteen people are due in court today accused of illegally foraging in Epping Forest.

Men and women from across London have been charged with breaking byelaws by picking mushrooms and fungi.

Byelaws passed in 1979 ban visitors from taking mushrooms from the forest as it is a place of scientific interest.

They are all set to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court today.

 

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1:05pm Tue 4 Feb 14

jackblack007 says...

this is exactly what all law enforcement agencies should be doing , nicking people for picking mushrooms.
this is exactly what all law enforcement agencies should be doing , nicking people for picking mushrooms. jackblack007
  • Score: 8

1:51pm Tue 4 Feb 14

paul moretti says...

why they only die we might as well eat them its just another stupid law because they dont want someone to get something for nowt
why they only die we might as well eat them its just another stupid law because they dont want someone to get something for nowt paul moretti
  • Score: -3

2:44pm Tue 4 Feb 14

MICHAEL MCGOUGH says...

What a waste of time.
Any body been nicked for eating sans lately ?
What a waste of time. Any body been nicked for eating sans lately ? MICHAEL MCGOUGH
  • Score: -5

3:03pm Tue 4 Feb 14

villager1 says...

The people doing the work on these cases will be the rangers of Epping Forest,, and they will only get the Police involved for the prosecution. These are not just "foraging" but professional gangs stripping the forest of mushrooms to sell to London restaurants. They pick so much that there is a real risk that some mushrooms will not come back in the forest.
This is excellent work preserving our natural wild places; until recently we used to be able to pick some for personal consumption but the law has been changed since these plunderers arrived. I see them when I am walking in the autumn, a lot of them (but not all) eastern Europeans.
The people doing the work on these cases will be the rangers of Epping Forest,, and they will only get the Police involved for the prosecution. These are not just "foraging" but professional gangs stripping the forest of mushrooms to sell to London restaurants. They pick so much that there is a real risk that some mushrooms will not come back in the forest. This is excellent work preserving our natural wild places; until recently we used to be able to pick some for personal consumption but the law has been changed since these plunderers arrived. I see them when I am walking in the autumn, a lot of them (but not all) eastern Europeans. villager1
  • Score: 35

3:05pm Tue 4 Feb 14

escapefrome17 says...

You all appear to be under the impression that this is normal coppers wasting time when they should be out nicking hoodrats and rapists, but the Forest is special in that it's policed by Forest Keepers who have powers of arrest and are specifically charged with policing the Forest. There is a lot of damage done by commercial mushroom pickers and it's good that it's being dealt with.
You all appear to be under the impression that this is normal coppers wasting time when they should be out nicking hoodrats and rapists, but the Forest is special in that it's policed by Forest Keepers who have powers of arrest and are specifically charged with policing the Forest. There is a lot of damage done by commercial mushroom pickers and it's good that it's being dealt with. escapefrome17
  • Score: 27

3:05pm Tue 4 Feb 14

mdj says...

This isn't a victimless crime, since excessive plundering for restaurants has destroyed some areas' ability to regenerate. There are even stories of gang fights between rival poachers who supply restaurants.

If you have a patch of garden, or a cool shed, there are various ways of growing your own: How To Grow Shiitake Mushrooms On Logs
www.youtube.com
This isn't a victimless crime, since excessive plundering for restaurants has destroyed some areas' ability to regenerate. There are even stories of gang fights between rival poachers who supply restaurants. If you have a patch of garden, or a cool shed, there are various ways of growing your own: How To Grow Shiitake Mushrooms On Logs www.youtube.com mdj
  • Score: 16

4:25pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

There are so many people in the forest doing this that there is not mushroom to move.
There are so many people in the forest doing this that there is not mushroom to move. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 1

4:47pm Tue 4 Feb 14

MICHAEL MCGOUGH says...

Who is protecting our swans ?
Who is protecting our swans ? MICHAEL MCGOUGH
  • Score: 7

8:59pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

MICHAEL MCGOUGH wrote:
Who is protecting our swans ?
Swan Police?
[quote][p][bold]MICHAEL MCGOUGH[/bold] wrote: Who is protecting our swans ?[/p][/quote]Swan Police? Villagecranberry
  • Score: -6

9:25pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

jackblack007 wrote:
this is exactly what all law enforcement agencies should be doing , nicking people for picking mushrooms.
Maybe Nigel Foraging and people objected?
[quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: this is exactly what all law enforcement agencies should be doing , nicking people for picking mushrooms.[/p][/quote]Maybe Nigel Foraging and people objected? Villagecranberry
  • Score: -6

8:23am Wed 5 Feb 14

paul moretti says...

mushrooms will always grow back if picked in the right way ie with wooden baskets not plastic carrier bags, also the forest should charge people with day tickets and have a limit of 5 kilos per person anyone with no ticket should be fined thats how they do it in other countries
mushrooms will always grow back if picked in the right way ie with wooden baskets not plastic carrier bags, also the forest should charge people with day tickets and have a limit of 5 kilos per person anyone with no ticket should be fined thats how they do it in other countries paul moretti
  • Score: -3

8:35am Wed 5 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

paul moretti wrote:
mushrooms will always grow back if picked in the right way ie with wooden baskets not plastic carrier bags, also the forest should charge people with day tickets and have a limit of 5 kilos per person anyone with no ticket should be fined thats how they do it in other countries
What may be the problem is amatuers picking them not knowing what they are doing. There was a well to do family who visited wealthy relatives in Scotland a few years ago and picked mushrooms for breakfast deadly night caps or night shades. I think one died and two of the had to have organ transplants as a result. I think I'd rather go down to the Hornbeam Cafe or the International Market in the High Street.
[quote][p][bold]paul moretti[/bold] wrote: mushrooms will always grow back if picked in the right way ie with wooden baskets not plastic carrier bags, also the forest should charge people with day tickets and have a limit of 5 kilos per person anyone with no ticket should be fined thats how they do it in other countries[/p][/quote]What may be the problem is amatuers picking them not knowing what they are doing. There was a well to do family who visited wealthy relatives in Scotland a few years ago and picked mushrooms for breakfast deadly night caps or night shades. I think one died and two of the had to have organ transplants as a result. I think I'd rather go down to the Hornbeam Cafe or the International Market in the High Street. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 3

12:03pm Wed 5 Feb 14

AMAEEssex says...

I saw one of these people in the forest recently. He was really polite, singing, telling jokes and doing the odd magic trick to entertain passers by. In fact he was a real fun guy!
I saw one of these people in the forest recently. He was really polite, singing, telling jokes and doing the odd magic trick to entertain passers by. In fact he was a real fun guy! AMAEEssex
  • Score: -6

11:20am Mon 10 Feb 14

Dave mp says...

AMAEEssex wrote:
I saw one of these people in the forest recently. He was really polite, singing, telling jokes and doing the odd magic trick to entertain passers by. In fact he was a real fun guy!
It's not Alan Davies, is it?
[quote][p][bold]AMAEEssex[/bold] wrote: I saw one of these people in the forest recently. He was really polite, singing, telling jokes and doing the odd magic trick to entertain passers by. In fact he was a real fun guy![/p][/quote]It's not Alan Davies, is it? Dave mp
  • Score: 0

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