Road Verges Are Changing
What a summer... In just two months, over 10,000 more have joined our campaign for better management of our road verges, with many of you being in touch directly with both Plantlife and your council with queries and case studies.
Plantlife’s new research showing how there has been a 20% drop in wild flower diversity since 1990 has been making the headlines.
The good news is, this is all starting to make a difference and we are together changing hearts and minds.
Alongside the heartbreak of hearing about favourite verges being mown with the loss of orchids and other flowers, we’ve had some really good highlights. In Gloucester there is now cross-party support for improving biodiversity on road verges:
Really pleased to receive cross-party support at @GlosCC to review road verge management for biodiversity in light of Plantlife's recommendations @Love_plants @NatureBftB @JenGilbertBC @SVPcharity @StroudGreens— Rachel M Smith (@stroudsing) June 27, 2018
And Dorset County Council has reported that orchids and other rarer flowers are now more abundant on their verges:
Our revolutionary 'cut & collect' method of maintaining Dorset's roadside verges is paying off. Pyramidal orchids and other rare plants are now abundant at our two pilot sites in Weymouth and Blandford, attracting bees, moths and butterflies.
Plantlife’s work with Highways England has resulted in them allocating money for improvement along 75 miles of road verge with work starting this year.
Behind the scenes, we are leading a working group with highway authorities and industry to ensure that our recommendations are rolled out and this is now winning support from ministers.
The fact that so many of us really care what is happening means that the road verge campaign is having a big impact. We’ll keep on encouraging councils to help nature and bring more colour and wildlife to roads. Do please encourage more people to sign and share [tweet, share on facebook].
Plantlife is here to save wild flowers for the next generation and we can’t do that without you. Thank you so much for giving your support to the Road Verge Campaign.
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Rural road verges are a vital refuge for wildflowers. In turn, wildflowers support our birds, bees and other wildlife. Sign our petition to keep our road verges safe for wildlife.