- So what’s the STW banana skin view?
Regarding banana skins decomposing the emphasis is on “can”. Dried out and left undisturbed they’d probably hang aroumd for longer than 2 years. Fully exposed to the worst facets of the British environment there’s going to be nothing recognisable in a much shorter time.Posted 6 months ago
Should you throw them away ? In some circumstances I’d agree it wouldn’t do any harm, but if your somewhere that might get a significant amount dropped apart from being unsightly it quite possibly might. To save having to make a decision just take everything home with you, that way there’s no chance of getting it wrong.Richie_BSubscriber
I’m very much in the “take them home” camp, but only really because they’re unsightly (which is reason enough in my head). I think any ‘reasons’ over this is probably pretty bogus.
Areas like the top of the Ben tend to be areas relatively low in nutrients available to plants. Groups of plants which are adapted to these areas tend to be slow growing and are quickly out competed by other species in areas where more nutrients are available. Dropping one banana skin isn’t going to make that much difference but when a thousand people think like that you are starting to tip the balance away from the local species to more common species. Ben Nevis and the neighbouring mountains are one of the few areas of natural mountain wilderness areas in the UK (not caused by deforestation or major management by man), so not dropping fertiliser all over it wouldn’t seem to be such a bogus reasonPosted 6 months ago
Groups of plants which are adapted to these areas tend to be slow growing and are quickly out competed by other species in areas where more nutrients are available
Even at 700m – 1200m where there no soil, and it’s sub Arctic? which plants are these that will out-compete saxifrages and moss, even given a boost by an unrelenting supply of banana skin compost?Posted 6 months ago
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