With blackberries currently in season in South Australia, an increasing number of people have been observed picking wild bushes along roadsides.
This has raised a number of safety concerns and generated chatter across local community pages on social media. A number of hotspots for pickers along Victor Harbor Road have drawn specific criticism, given safety concerns for pedestrians and other road users.
An Alexandrina Council spokesperson said council discouraged the picking of blackberries given the risks associated with stopping on 100km/h roads and the potential that bushes have been sprayed with chemicals.
“Blackberries are a declared weed and under our Roadside Vegetation Management Plan and are controlled by Council’s field staff,…