Let it grow! - New trial on Malvern Hills' verges and open spaces to boost wildlife - The Malvern Observer

Let it grow! - New trial on Malvern Hills' verges and open spaces to boost wildlife

Malvern Editorial 11th Aug, 2022   0

A SELECTION of verges and open spaces across Malvern Hills district will be left to grow as part of a new trial.

The project, started this year by the district council in consultation with the AONB and other organisations, aims to encourage wildflowers and improve biodiversity.

The council will be assess what species are present within the selected areas and how they can improve the biodiversity.

The selected verges and open spaces, maintained by the council, will be cut once between July and September and the cuttings removed.

The benefit of this is that it allows the plants to flower and seed and removing the cuttings will reduce the nutrients going into the soil allowing wildflower species to grow better.

Less vigorous species such as Oxeye Daisy, birds foot trefoil, orchids, and cowslip will all have a chance against the grasses and cow parsley.

The verges will still be cut back regularly at road junctions and a one metre strip along the roadside to make sure that sight lines are clear for road users.

Coun Beverley Nielsen, Portfolio Holder for Environment at Malvern Hills District Council, said: “Verges rich in native wildflowers support more wildlife, are more resilient to environmental change, and provide better ecosystems for pollinators.

“This project is so important, not just for biodiversity, but to help reduce our impact on climate change.”

Visit malvernhills.gov.uk/wildflowers-and-verges for more information.


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