Nature writer calls for children to be allowed to gather primroses to foster a ...

'Let kids pick primroses': Nature writer calls for children to be allowed to gather the distinctive wild flower to help foster a love of the outdoors Author Richard Mabey says the countryside is awash with the distinctive flower  He said it means children should be able to pick it just as they did decades ago  Could see no environmental reason why primrose needed continued protection

By Chris Hastings for The Mail on Sunday

Published: 23:07 BST, 20 April 2019 | Updated: 23:08 BST, 20 April 2019

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Children should be encouraged to pick wild primroses as earlier generations did to help foster a love of the outdoors, says one of Britain’s leading nature writers.

Richard Mabey says the countryside is so awash with the distinctive flower that children should be able to pick it just as they did decades ago.

Speaking from his Norfolk cottage garden on Primrose Day on Friday, the award-winning author said that there was now a huge number of the distinctive yellow flowers, beloved by Benjamin Disraeli.

Richard Mabey has said the countryside is so awash with primroses that children should be able to pick it just as they did decades ago (stock)

Richard Mabey has said the countryside is so awash with primroses

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