This is a phenomenon that has become more common in recent times, such as beds of wild garlic being stripped at Lostwithiel in Cornwall.
But one Lostwithiel resident said the destruction was “devastating” and “really upsetting to see.” They said, “Creating a map, putting it online? I’m very hesitant about it. It feels like it’s something that could very easily just get completely out of hand.
However, Vix does not seem to think that the map will encourage anybody to over pick an area.
“It’s to give people an idea of the kind of places they can go where things are in abundance,” she explains.
“But when it comes to local families and families going out to feed themselves and their children for free, I think that is the last true freedom that we have left as human beings.
“And people are not going to over pick an area if it’s on their back doorstep because it’s a valuable resource which they want to have for life.”