Did you know that it’s a crime in NSW to steal a plant? The Crimes Act 1900 NSW No. 40 says : “513 Stealing shrubs etc Whosoever steals, or destroys, or damages with intent to steal, the whole, or any part, of any tree, sapling, shrub, or plant, or any underwood shall, on conviction by the Local Court, be liable to imprisonment for six months, or to pay a fine of 5 penalty units, or both.” What do you think about that?
I’m not sure what I think. To be liable for 6 months imprisonment for stealing any part of a plant (ha! beware all seed stealers!!) seems quite Dickensian. Even our Australian convict forebears didn’t get transported for something quite so trivial. But then again, when I think about the cruel and wanton destruction of a whole avenue of young trees as happened in Cowra outside the Japanese memorial garden…….