All day I’ve read complaints on Twitter from people dismayed about their local roadside verges being mown to within an inch of their life, just as they are in full bloom with wild flowers and bluebells. So I decided to speak to my local District Council to ask them what their policy was. In some ways I was heartened as they actually do have some form of conservation policy across their green public spaces. Certain areas are zoned as ‘conservation areas’ and are mown only once or twice a year. However, I have yet to ascertain any details of what percentage this involves across the district and I’m not sure if any of these ‘conservation’ zones include roadside verges. As of yet I have been unable to speak to the right person in possession of the full details, but tomorrow’s another day.
So what can we do in the meantime? Well don’t despair as Plantlife have started a new campaign to protect our roadside verges. As part of the campaign they are gathering vital information across the country and have a created a simple way for us all to get involved and help. Best of all, it takes less than 5 minutes and what a fantastic use of 5 minutes.
Just visit the link below, add the details of a roadside verge that you want to protect, or that is particularly important to you, or perhaps you’d like to see improved. There’s a drop down menu for the relevant local council that the roadside verge comes under and you can add a few words about your reasons. Your personal details are not shared and I really hope that you help Plantlife to protect these wonderful natural roadside meadows. If our local councils across the country are made aware of the how so many of us treasure our flowering verges I’m certain the majority will change their policy to benefit our wild flowers.