Thoughtless Destruction of Wild Flowers


MAY I ask through your widely circulated paper that those who organise the weekly or fortnightly visits of poor town children to country villages may be requested to instruct these children to pluck only a limited number of wild flowers? It is no uncommon sight to see a dozen or more of these children going along a road or railway embankment and plucking every flower they can find, as well as rooting up those which are small enough. In half an hour the flowers have withered, and are thrown away, when the same process is repeated.

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HENDERSON, G. Thoughtless Destruction of Wild Flowers. Nature 83, 428 (1910).

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