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Managing Road Verges and Green Spaces

Britain’s road verges and public urban green spaces cover an area the size of Wiltshire, larger than Gwynedd and more than half the size of Dumfries and Galloway [1,2]. If managed with sympathy for grassland wildlife, they can be the vital habitat network that nature’s recovery needs.

Close up of wildflowers taken on verge with a road in the distance.
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Our road verges and green spaces have the potential to act as a sanctuary for wildflowers and a network of connective corridors across Great Britain’s 400,000 km of public road verges and almost  85,000 hectares of public green spaces [2].

By unlocking their potential, road verges and green spaces have an important part to play in nature’s recovery, whilst delivering benefits for climate, people and reducing asset management costs.

We want to empower and support communities, local authorities, and national agencies in seeing and seizing new opportunities and overcoming any barriers to achieving cost and carbon reduction, while bringing wildflowers back.

Continue reading for more information, resources and case studies – to inspire the systemic change to verge and green space management our wildlife desperately needs.



Key Case Studies for Change

Reaping the Rewards


Download Plantlife’s road verge and green space posters and signs to help communicate the change for nature being made in your community. 

With space to add logos, you can celebrate everyone who is helping to manage the site for nature.

Plantlife’s road verge and green space work has been generously supported by The Garfield Weston Foundation and MW Tops Wildlife Conservation Project