529. Protection of plants.

529.     Protection of plants.

It is an offence to deliberately pick, collect, cut, uproot or destroy a wild plant of a European protected species1. However, a person is not guilty of such an offence if he shows that the act was for the purpose of taking a sample by virtue of the sampling provisions2 or for the purpose of taking a sample to be used in evidence in any criminal proceedings in respect of a specified offence3.

It is also an offence for any person:

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    (1)     to have in his possession or control certain wild plants4;

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    (2)     to