Fury as council bans daffodils
Fury as council bans daffodils over health and safety fears
Daffodils in a play park have been 'banned' because of fears children will eat them. The decision on health and safety grounds has been dubbed 'bonkers'. The cut daffodils at the Old Roselyon Play Park in St Blazey which the St Blaise Town Council said it had had to cut because they are toxic if people eat them.
( oh for fuck sake.... )
The yellow spring flowers can be toxic if children eat them. But daffodil fans have said children don't eat the flowers, anymore than they would eat rubber from play equipment.
( Clearly the council think children are all fucking morons.)
St Blaise Town Council, which covers the town of St Blazey, near St Austell, had been accused by local residents of cutting down daffs at the Old Roselyon Play Area because they can be toxic if ingested. The council has said that it has not cut down any of the daffodils, but has said it will not be planting any more.
Barry West, the chairman of the Roselyon Play Park Committee, said of the ban:
“Are they going to put signs up saying don’t eat the daffodils next? This is totally bonkers.'
"There have always been daffs in the park. It used to be an old orchard and there must have been about 1,000 flowers. "Most of them have now been cut down. And to say that it’s because they are toxic to children if they eat them is crazy.” St Blaise Town Council has not said whether it is involving the police to find out who may be behind cutting down the flowers.'
Dr Mark Evans from the South West Health Protection Unit did confirm the toxicity of daffodils, saying: “Daffodils are toxic and severe vomiting and diarrhoea can occur if eaten by mistake. Although very unpleasant, most people will recover fully without treatment.”
St Blaise Town Council confirmed its decision not to have any new daffs in the foreseeable future for health and safety reason saying it came after some recent play park inspection training. Town clerk Gaynor Mamo said that if daffodils have been cut down it was nothing to do with the local authority. She said: “The daffodils at Polgover/Old Roselyon Play Area are still there."
She did confirm that no more daffs would be planted in the future and the area where the daffs are now will be cut down at the end of the season. She said: "After recent play inspection training we were advised not to have daffodils in play areas as all parts of the daffodil can be poisonous. I brought this to the attention of the town council who said no more daffs should be planted but those that were there before the land was devolved to us would stay.
"The daffs are sporadic over a grassed area and once the flowers have died the grass will be cut.”
St Blaise Town Council covers the town of St Blazey, near St Austell, where the Old Roselyon Play Park is located. Only last month when Cornwall basked in glorious spring sunshine, the park looked beautiful in yellow and white as the daffodils bloomed. Mr West added: “It was a former orchard and a place where generations of adults and children alike have walked through and enjoyed. Having the daffodils there was always a joy in the spring as it was again this year.'
"It is uplifting and good for the mental health and well-being of the community, the elderly, the infirm, families, carers and children who enjoy the splash of colour and fragrance." Mr West added : “I’m just bewildered by their decision.
"This the craziest thing I have heard. Children don’t eat daffodils. The community will be really sad and disappointed when daffodils bring so much joy to so many.
"The ivy growing along the wall is poisonous. Eating the rubber from the playpark climbing frame is poisonous. Where do you stop? "
JB Comments: Well there you have it. Bureaucracy gone out of control. Petty small minded bureaucrats trying to justify their wage and here we see it is NOT justified paying these buffoons' anything as all the do is ruin everyone's lives in all sorts of small and nasty little ways, like complaining about the beautiful daffodil's and this - is appalling. Horrible little people, unhappy little people, nasty little people determined to be heard and the only way to do so is like this when normally, we would ignore them completely. If children are stupid enough to eat a daffodil, then they will learn. Are we going to have signs on everything with warnings - as anything and everything has the potential to be dangerous.
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