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Lets get this in perspective.  The reason wildflowers are scarce in the UK is down to habitat loss.  Our grandperents generation could pick as many as they likes without threatening the overall population.  Agriculture, horticulture, roads, urbanisation and over maintenance of verges does far more damage than picking.

Here in Lower Normandy the verges aren't mown untill the primroses and early purplr orchids have seeded and we have oodles of plants every year.

If plants are lifted and planted in a garden the seed still has the opportunity to set adnd be distributed!  Even picking the flowers doesn't prevent the plant from growing and you only need to let a couple of flowers mature to increase the population!

Occasionally you will find verges with a sign "deffence de cueiller"


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