Thanks for your comment on this.
My original quote was enthused with saving money concerning purchasing Sphagnum moss and yes, I should obtain a permit (€) and grow my own, no excuse.
Just let me say, that I care about the wildlife in these protected woods and I also pick up the trash that is strewn around these areas and dispose of it correctly! Have you seen the crap they throw into old bomb craters or ditches?
How about the foresters be tasked with also picking up this crap, as it is destroying the surrounding wildlife. Or are they tasked with just apprehending mushroom collectors and moss enthusiasts?
I have just 1ltr of the moss, so I do intend to grow it myself, without going back to the spot that I had found (and not shared!).
As you know, this hobby of ours is very expensive and while abiding by the German laws is a must, but sometimes an opportunity can grab us on occasion.
Wishing you a good day.