Mushroom Picking and Celebrity Chefs
Date posted: Tuesday 8th December 2015
Park management (and the Friends) are concerned about the increasing quantities of fungi being taken from the Park, sometimes on an industrial scale. It is not clear why – it may be due to the increasing popularity of foraging for wild foods, which is promoted by some celebrity chefs – see the Guardian article.
Any picking of fungi or other autumn fruits has long been banned in the Royal Parks – you can read why in the Park Diary further down the page. The Royal Parks have a publicity campaign to explain the problem, which was featured in the Standard, Express and other papers – read here.
It was also featured in a very good 2-minute piece on ITV London News.