There is a very detailed post on the legal situation surrounding foraging in the UK on Fergus Drennan’s excellent website which gives lots of information and references.
This is an interesting BBC news article – Is foraging fruit legal?… in simple terms.. if it is for personal use.. generally the answer is yes.
But if you don’t own the land on which it grows, can you legally pick it? The Theft Act 1968, for England and Wales, states that:
“A person who picks mushrooms growing wild on any land, or who picks flowers, fruit or foliage from a plant growing wild on any land, does not (although not in possession of the land) steal what he picks, unless he does it for reward or for sale or other commercial purpose.”
And the Scottish Outdoor Access Code allows foraging, but again, not for commercial use.
I am not responsible if you pick something that makes you ill! I will post clear pictures of any plants I mention and I recomment you get a good book for identifying plants and mushrooms. Never, ever pick or eat anything you cannot confidently identify.
Any natural medicines I mention on this blog are for minor ailments only.. in the event of serious health problems always see a qualified health practitioner and/or your GP.