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To take pebbles from the beach?

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DarylDixonsHair Mon 25-May-20 15:02:44

Is it allowed? I'd like to put some borders around my flowers beds so need about 20 - 30 medium sized ones. I wouldn't take them all in one go, probably a handful at a time while dog walking.

Just wanted to check I'm not breaking the law/endangering the planet/taking the piss.

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adelaya Mon 25-May-20 15:04:02


HerBigChance Mon 25-May-20 15:05:07

I hard you're not allowed to, it's the Queen's shoreline or something. But nit sure if that's an urban (coastal) myth.

Paranoidmarvin Mon 25-May-20 15:05:33

Nope your not allowed.

Thecruxxofitis Mon 25-May-20 15:06:02

Why wouldn’t you? How would the rule be enforced? What punishment would you receive?

superram Mon 25-May-20 15:06:06

It’s illegal and also causes coastal erosion. Don’t do it. You wouldn’t steal flowers from a park.

DarylDixonsHair Mon 25-May-20 15:06:52

Oh wow! Thank god I asked first. Getting tackled to the ground by the locals would have been quite traumatic.

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superram Mon 25-May-20 15:06:59

You can buy them from garden centres.

FOJN Mon 25-May-20 15:07:16

You can buy a bag of similar pebbles from a DIY place for about £7.

DarylDixonsHair Mon 25-May-20 15:07:36

So all three! grin

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JustStayHome Mon 25-May-20 15:07:38

Your not allowed, imagine if everyone did this ....

Isadora2007 Mon 25-May-20 15:08:03

Honestly I don’t think the coastline will be eroded by pebble pickers. Go for it!

Sparklfairy Mon 25-May-20 15:08:29

20-30 no one will notice. Iirc the beach I grew up with is 'man made' i.e. was sandy but pebbles were put in to stop erosion. As kids we used to take home cool looking pebbles all the time.

Isadora2007 Mon 25-May-20 15:10:09

Oh my god. The “what if everyone did this?” argument is just so fucking Lame. Everyone doesn’t want to do it and isn’t likely to- so it’s not an issue.
Some people might TAKE stones from their garden TO the park, some people couldn’t give a flying toss about stones so wouldn’t ever want any.
@DarylDixonsHair for the sake of a few stones just go for it 5/6 at a time and I can assure you no one will care.

Devlesko Mon 25-May-20 15:10:17

It's theft, the same with seashells. People still do it though.

FOJN Mon 25-May-20 15:11:02

It's against the law and coastal erosion is a very serious problem in some parts of the country. Expensive houses on the coast where I live are unsaleable because of erosion, some have lost parts of their garden to the sea.

AllPlayedOut Mon 25-May-20 15:11:19

YABU. Buy some from a garden centre. They could use the support.

Obviouspretzel Mon 25-May-20 15:13:59

It's theft ? Ridiculous. And taking seashells is theft? It wouldn't even cross my mind to think this. So basically humans cannot pick up or use anything from nature, only buy items from shops?

fruitpastille Mon 25-May-20 15:14:12

I don't think I've ever been to the beach and not picked up a pebble or a shell to take home (or put the kids ones in my pocket).

Soubriquet Mon 25-May-20 15:16:03

I reckon everyone would be charged with theft then because who hasn’t taken a shell or a stone from the beach?

daisypond Mon 25-May-20 15:17:50

It’s against the law, and has been since the 1940s. The fine is up to £1,000.

Thecruxxofitis Mon 25-May-20 15:18:25

When I was a kid, we had 2 plastic bags completely full of shells and stones in the boot of the car from years of travelling to the beach

FlamingoAndJohn Mon 25-May-20 15:19:01

There is an almighty difference between taking one or two pebbles and filling up the car boot.
It used to be a huge problem in Chesil and as I recall did cause damage.

greathat Mon 25-May-20 15:19:58

Does anyone that lives by the sea want to come and collect some rough ones from the pile I've dug up from my garden. You could do a swop

MuthaClucker Mon 25-May-20 15:20:12

Leave only footprints, take only memories

#livelifelove #bestlife and all that gubbins

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