Update: Road Verge Petition Passes 33,000 Signatures
Update: since we posted this last month, over 3,000 supporters have added their names to the petition! That's incredible! Thank you for your support and please keep raising awareness.
Last month, we relaunched our road campaign by revealing an alarming 20% drop in wild flower diversity on our imperilled road verges. Analysing data from the government’s Countryside Survey confirmed that road verges, a last bastion for wildlife seeking refuge from intensively managed farmland, are changing for the worst under poor management.
But all is not lost; better management could have spectacular results for wildflowers and wildlife. We had some fun estimating that if all the road verges in Britain were managed better with less and later cutting, this could deliver an extra billion more blooms (or 6,000 flowers per person!). This would be nothing less than transformational. Road verges would stop their seemingly irrevocable slide into mean, green wastelands to become flower-rich mini-meadows that benefit pollinators AND light up our dim commutes.
This new analysis piqued the interest of the media with Plantlife appearing on BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, ITV News at Ten and the news being covered across the national press including in The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, The Sun and The Mirror.
Even better has been the response of the public. Our petition calling for road verges to be better managed for wild flowers and wildlife has captured your imagination and we're absolutely delighted to report that we have just passed 30,000 signatories. And it's still travelling swiftly.
Without this outstanding support from Plantlife members, supporters and all those who understand that where wild flowers lead, wildlife follows we could never have achieved this level of support. We know from you that you really care about how your verges are managed and it is great to see so many of you letting your councils know how important they are to you and your communities.
Roadsides should be hubs for nature to thrive, right? Many in my area (#Norfolk) are naturally already, however it would be good for the environment if all were ~ They have the potential to be little thriving wildlife sanctuaries!
I've signed... https://t.co/AaWO5qjoyP
— Cath Greene (@CathGreene) June 4, 2018
Rare bee orchids growing again along Three Score Road, Norwich. Hoping @NorfolkCC will not mow them down until much later this summer, after they have had a chance to be pollinated @Love_plants #RoadVerges pic.twitter.com/F08SPCXqEn
— Judith Lal (@Judithlal) June 1, 2018
@SwanseaCouncil @CarmsCouncil Time to look at innovative, cost saving, energy saving verge management that increases biodiversity @PlantlifeCymru @Love_plants https://t.co/kZB4ng1ogo
— ecolegsazer1 (@ecolegsazer1) May 29, 2018
Save road maintenance money on cutting, put it into repairs, create a wildlife haven, welcome people to Cork with wildflowers. Win/win. https://t.co/35f3cOvNBH
— Tim O'Connor (@timoconnorbl) June 4, 2018
Join @Love_plants Road Verge Campaign to help protect the wildlife corridors and diversity offered by our verges. Sign the petition and let @hantsconnect @newforestdc know your views and hopefully influence policy. https://t.co/wP4CR1vnUb
— Sway (@Sway_New_Forest) May 25, 2018
Can I add my plea to that - verges devastated in my village and surrounding areas. @wiltscouncil please take note #delayvergecutting After all, Wiltshire is the home of @Love_plants and the Road verge campaign. Sign the petition https://t.co/IU1Be1D9Up https://t.co/Svb4oeoHVw
— Jenny (@headcovers) May 18, 2018
We have 100 'roadside nature reserves' in #Suffolk, but other stretches of #roadverges are precious too. Seen here is the only lady's bedstraw in our parish, but it gets trashed every July. Please petition your council @Love_plants - https://t.co/klCaGrB13l @suffolkwildlife pic.twitter.com/JYs4S2mJNA
— Tim Holt-Wilson (@tim_holt_wilson) May 16, 2018
I signed last year and this is already having a positive effect with some councils including Derbyshire. Why not join me in supporting this...
— SEQu (@SEQ616) May 16, 2018
Having spent the past four days on tour across Scotland I would add not only are our #roadverges vital wildlife &plant sanctuaries but their diversity&beauty help keep us happy and balanced too! Please sign
Please do continue to sign and share the petition to show you care. Every signature really does count and, together, we can change the way our road verges are managed so that wildflower and wildlife are better protected and given the space they need to blossom and flourish.
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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.