Category Archives: road verges

Mown Down or Gone to Seed: the confusing world of verges and churchyards

Mowing and not mowing the grass is making the news in the South West of England this Summer. Police were informed after a churchyard nature area was “accidentally” mown by contractors in Cornwall. According to the Western Morning News the … Continue reading

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Verging on the Spectacular

Roads and wildlife have a complex relationship. Roads can still cause damage and destruction to wildlife and nature. But roads and other infrastructure can also create the opportunity to let nature thrive. Just down the road from us is the … Continue reading

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From Prosperity to Action in 25 years

In 1989 Margaret Thatcher’s Government published Roads for Prosperity. This White Paper set out plans for  “The largest road building programme since the Romans” with plans for a 12 lane M25, an outer M25 from Harwich to the M4 near … Continue reading

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What do Pollinators need?

Last week, after a long time coming, The Government announced at a Bee Summit, that it would prepare a national pollinator strategy, to be published this November. This is thanks mainly to the efforts of Friends of the Earth, who … Continue reading

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One man went to mow….managing public space for wildflowers

Have you ever been stunned that a nice patch of wildflowers on a road verge, village green or park gets mown down just when it’s at its peak of beauty and utility? Me too. So I was delighted to see … Continue reading

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