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Britain’s road verges cover an area the size of Dorset and, if managed appropriately, can create a network of wildflower rich grassland. This is a vital habitat as the UK has lost 97% of it’s wildflower meadows since the 1930s.
Britain’s road verges cover an area the size of Dorset and, if managed appropriately, can create a network of wildflower rich grassland. This is a vital habitat as the UK has lost 97% of its wildflower meadows since the 1930s.
Plantlife’s road verge campaign and our award-winning guidance has inspired communities, highways authorities and contractors to think differently about how road verges are managed. We are now taking the next step and working with others to remove the barriers in place within the current road verge management system that are preventing the widespread adoption of nature-friendly road verge management.
These barriers include issues around the disposal of large quantities of grass cuttings, difficulties in the way road verge maintenance contracts are set up, and insufficient evidence of the economic, nature and climate benefits of changing road verge management.
Plantlife’s research, advocacy and partnership work is making the case that improving the diversity of wildflowers through changes in road verge management can bring the following range of benefits:
A downloadable guide on creating and managing species-rich grassland of road verges
Downloadable guide to good verge maintenance
Plantlife’s road verges work has been supported by The Garfield Weston Foundation, Marshall Wace and Rees Jeffrey’s Road Fund.
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