On this wonderful, pear-full, fruitful day we decided that we’d make mention of some things that we have been receiving quite a few questions about and it’s all about making fruit-picking as pleasurable as possible for everyone involved.
First of all, the map is open-source, which means everyone can participate and no one is responsible. We think it is just fantastic that everyone can get involved and we can’t and don’t want to control it. We just try to add more fruits and make it easier to use so that more fruit is picked. So anyone can add markers and anyone can remove them. This means that you should put markers where you think there are great things to pick and which, to the best of your knowledge, you are allowed to pick. But nobody’s flawless so when someone goes to check out a marker for an apple tree, it is up to them to determine if it is appropriate or not. If there is any doubt if it is public or private land, ask the municipality or just ask around, maybe someone knows if it’s alright or they own the land and can give you permission to collect some goodies. Many people have way too much fruit and are happy if they are picked and make people happy.
Second of all, most of us are amateurs when it comes to fruits. This means when it says tasty berries there might not actually be any because the marker is in the wrong place, they might not be tasty at all or they might even be unhealthy to eat. If you are unsure, ask around, bring a book on berries or a knowledgeable friend or simply stay on the safe side and don’t eat them.
Lastly, we do know that the Swedish Allemansrätten is a bit complicated at times. You can find some information here: http://www.swedishepa.se/Enjoying-nature/The-Right-of-Public-Access/This-is-allowed/Picking-flowers-berries-mushrooms-etc/. Basically, you are allowed to pick certain things and others you aren’t. What we do know is that Lund municipality are happy if people pick public fruits. Botaniska in Lund have said they don’t want people to pick their’s because they use them for educational purposes. Still, we can’t control if people put markers on private land, or in Botaniska for that matter. We can ask people to not do it, and if you know of any markers that are inappropriate, please feel free to remove them.
We want everyone to feel like they are part of this process and can influence it. We hope that everybody can enjoy picking fruits they like, explore ones they didn’t already know and make lots of lovely dishes to share with friends and family.
We hope this is helpful and clarifies some things. Just remember that it always best to be safe.
Have a fruitful day!