Today we know that fungi are more closely involved in the complex web of life in woodlands and fields than was understood as little as twenty or thirty years ago. Then, mushrooms and toadstools were generally regarded as 'rubbish hoovers' or damaging pests. We didn't understand that many species, far from being harmful, develop intimate relationships with trees and other green plants and help to protect them from adverse conditions.
The Trust's intention has been to change some of the more conservative perceptions of field mycology or fungus foraying. This, by the way, is significantly different from foraging, which is about picking fungi to eat. If we are to protect our many species of fungi more effectively, some of them severely threatened and vulnerable we need to encourage far greater involvement from the general public, and this means making fungus foraying popular, friendly, and accessible.
We also need your financial support through membership. The Trust has a number of significant conservation projects under way, including the management and upkeep of the CATE national database, but they all cost money and we are able to rely very little on outside sponsorship.