Vegans spreading the word about their lifestyle damage endangered PLANTS with their graffiti
- Vegan campaigners painted huge message on rock in Avon Gorge near Bristol
- But conservation experts have pointed out the rock is home to rare plants
- They can’t clean the offending words from the rock for fear of killing more plants
Environmentalists have accused vegans of killing endangered cress in a row over an anti-meat graffiti stunt.
Meat-free campaigners daubed the words ‘Go Vegan’ in huge letters on a rock face in the Avon Gorge near Bristol this week.
But the move has been slammed by conservation experts at the National Trust, who say the rock is home to rare plants, including rock cress, which may have been killed or damaged by the thick masonry paint.
Vegan campaigners have been slammed for painting this message of a rock which has extremely rare plants living in its crevices
The ‘Go Vegan’ message is clearly visible from across the gorge on Bridge Valley Road and appears to be either signed or a message to a ‘Ned’, ‘Ryan’ and ‘Ash’.
The National Trust’s local countryside manager Lisa Topham hit out at the irresponsible move.
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She said: ‘The cracks in that rock are home to the exceptionally rare Bristol Rock Cress which grows in crevices of exposed rock faces.
The offending message is painted on a rock face in the Avon Gorge
‘The people who climbed the rock face are bound to have trampled the plants and even painted them. What they have done there isn’t green in any way.’
Ms Topham added: ‘We can’t risk causing damage ourselves, so we can’t use chemicals to remove the paint.
‘Using a blaster to remove it still risks the paint filling the crevices where these rare plants live.
‘The only other option is painting over it – but that creates a blank canvas and we’d still rather not have anybody up on the rock face for any reason.’
The area is a National Nature Reserve, Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation.
Ms Topham said: ‘The woods and the edge of the gorge are terribly important. They are home to several species which are not found anywhere else in the world – including the rock cress.
‘It is probably the richest site for Whitebeams in the world with some very rare trees only found in Leigh Woods.
‘We want people to feel it is their woods and come and enjoy it – but we also need people to understand it is fragile and to help us look after the place.’
The gorge is home to some plant species which don’t live anywhere else in the world
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