Posted: 15/03/2015 at 16:09
Many years ago, before wild flowers became as protected as they are now, my father transplanted wild primroses into his borders and they just grew and grew.
Some time later the council decided to widen the trackway from where he had collected them and simply bulldozed the verge and hedge, heaped everything up and burned it, leaving not one wild primrose.
In this instance the 'theft' payed off as the border flowers gradually spread themselves back into the wild for others to enjoy.
That said, I disapprove of those who treat the countryside as a free garden centre.