I, for one, often take a bag to clear up after others as a bit of a thank you for the beautiful places where I am allowed to freely roam. But do you dispose of bio-degradable fruity remains from your lunchbox in the bushes? Be warned! Case law is against you. You could be nicked and fined!
A bloke in Northern Ireland has just had to stump up £150 with costs for throwing an apple core out of his car into a hedge after he was seen committing this heinous act by a local enforcement officer in the car behind him. Now Mama Lovelygrey knows to her cost that throwing things out of a moving vehicle might not exactly be a good idea Way back in her youth, she threw a half munched pear out of a coach window on a day trip only to have it land in the lap of the person in a seat behind! But, outside biologically sensitive areas, I've always viewed the idea of this type of disposal, if thoughtfully executed, as rather eco-friendly. Turning the moorland landscape around here into a scene reminiscent of a manic baboon's cage might not add to its aesthetic look. But if hidden in a bush wouldn't that discarded banana skin decomposing quietly, out of sight and mind, provide nutrients to the plants around it? And, although the odds are against it, I always hold out the romantic hope, that one day a tree might grow from one of my own peach kernels or apple pips.
So, now my foul habits are out in the open and I have to say I'm going to continue my careful littering, which after all, just seems tantamount to composting in my humble opinion. Now that I've 'fessed up I'm fully expecting a bevy of grey suited gents to be following me around on my countryside walks waiting to pounce after snack time!