Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
You must not dig up wild plants. You must not even pick some species such as the Fritillary and several orchid species.
You will need permission to gather or pick any wild growing plants or fruits for commercial or private use. This includes:
To get permission:
You must take extra precautions to avoid causing damage to plants if the site is:
If your site is designated as an ASSI, SSSI or RIGS, you must also contact your conservation regulator for permission and advice.
When picking wild plants, you should take great care and always consider the impact on the environment. Flowers produce seeds and removing flowers will reduce the seed crop the plants require to produce a new generation.
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