Rules for users of the Na Ovoce website
It is the aspiration of the Na Ovoce initiative to bring the neglected importance of fruit trees, bushes and herbs back into the general consciousness and to draw attention to their value for people today. We are also concerned about the preservation of fruit trees as a permanent part of our cultural landscape and biodiversity.
The icons for trees, bushes and herbs published on the Na Ovoce website designate plants that registered users have input to the best of their knowledge and conscience. Also publishing here are certain public bodies, businesses and private citizens who want to share their unused sources of fruit.
Na Ovoce assumes that its users act responsibly both to nature and to the laws that dictate the treatment of wild trees.
For this reason let us abide by the following rules:
- Above all we ensure that we are not violating any ownership rights by collecting fruit.
- We take care of the trees and the surrounding nature and animals that live in them.
- We share our discoveries with other users.
- We get involved in maintaining and planting new fruit trees.
Ad 1. Above all we ensure that we are not violating any ownership rights by collecting fruit. If you decide to pick fruit from wildly growing trees, you should first turn to the competent authority (municipal authority, city hall, road owner or administrator, etc.) and find out if such harvest is permitted. It takes a bit of effort and a couple of phone calls, but that's the only way you'll know that you are not violating any regulations and that you can share your find with others legally.
Be careful, even if you are collecting fruit on trees alongside paths or in seemingly abandoned orchards. Such sites may be leased out or entrusted to other organisations or entities and thus the fruit cannot be freely picked. It could happen that someone calls into doubt the legality of a tree you published or you discover that a tree added by a different user may not be legally picked. What should you do in such a case?
- Someone calls into doubt a tree you added: Find out from the person in question where they got their information and compare it with the information available to you. If it turns out that fruit really can't be picked from that tree, delete it from your finds.
- You call into doubt a tree published by someone else: Click on the tree and write your doubts in the comments, stating the reasons you have to think so. Ask for it to be deleted. If the user does not delete the tree and fails to state their reasons for it, come directly to us: email@example.com
Ad 2. We take care of the trees and the surrounding nature and animals that live in them. If trees are taken care of properly and with respect, some of them can live as long as 120 years. If you are climbing trees, be careful – not only yourself but also of the tree. Always check whether the branch you want to place your weight on is firm enough and can take it. If you break off a branch you clear a path for wood-rotting fungi, harmful bacteria and other pests that weaken the tree and can shorten its life by several years. Be aware that trees are living organisms and any unnatural and inappropriate intervention can damage them. It would be a shame if we had to take a tree off the map that stopped bearing fruit due to careless actions by Na Ovoce users.
Fruit is a source of nutrients not only for us but also for various animals and insects. Fruit is food for wasps, ants, flies, butterflies, birds, mice and hedgehogs. When picking fruit we should therefore make sure to always leave a few pieces of fruit on the tree and on the ground.
Ad 3. We share our discoveries with other users. The Na Ovoce website lives off sharing. That means that we share our finds with others and others share theirs with us. If we live near a tree growing in public space, that doesn't mean its fruits belong only to us. Everyone can who expresses an interest can use the fruit of wild trees. Let's help expand the Na Ovoce map by adding new sites. If you find a tree on the map that doesn't belong there and it is not permitted to pick fruit from it, have it removed from the map or consult such removal with us.
Ad 4. We get involved in maintaining and planting new fruit trees. Everyone who uses the Na Ovoce website can bear a certain amount of responsibility for the trees marked there, not just at harvest time, but over the whole year. If you visit a tree at other times of year you can get a better sense of what condition the tree is in – whether it is healthy or sick or whether it suddenly isn't there anymore. You can write a comment on the condition of the given tree.
If you want to volunteer to take care of a tree, contact the competent authority (see point 1) or mention the care in the comments on the tree in question. It is good if you document your care somehow and present your results to the relevant authority.