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Letting Nature flourish at roadside

Posted onPosted on 11th Oct

Nottinghamshire now has more than 15 wildlife friendly verges as part of the county council’s commitment to supporting nature and wildlife.

Sites where verges are now only cut once per year are:

  • Causeway Lane, Gamston
  • High Cross, Bleasby
  • Worksop Road and the B6034, Edwinstowe
  • Westfield Lane, Collingham
  • Newhall Lane, Edingley
  • Highcross Hill, Halloughton
  • Kneesall Road, Kersall
  • Kneesall Road, Laxton
  • A1133 Gainsborough Road, Spalford
  • A1133 Gainsborough Road, Weecar, Girton
  • A1133 Gainsborough Road, Weecar, Girton
  • A1133 Gainsborough Road, Weecar, Girton
  • Hose Lane, Clawson
  • Bridegate Lane, Hickling Pastures
  • Station Road, Widmerpool

Nottinghamshire County Council is planning to introduce a further 11 of these verges where the levels of maintenance are reduced to allow wildflowers to grow.

Other areas including the A6097 East Bridgford junction, the A608 verges at Sherwood Business Park, Mansfield, and Corkhill Lane in Southwell have been planted with wildflowers to help attract wildlife and improve the environment.

The council’s highways partner Via East Midlands has also planted more than 160 new trees along some of the county’s roadsides with plans for the same again this year.

Coun Neil Clarke, chairman of the Transport and Environment Committee, said: “This is an excellent initiative and it is really pleasing to hear that more wildlife friendly verges will be rolled out across Nottinghamshire.

“We recently installed signs at these locations to explain that these verges have a reduced cutting frequency and the feedback so far from local communities on this scheme has been positive.

“But although this excellent initiative has been a real hit, it’s important to note that it is not possible for us to do this on all verges across Nottinghamshire.

“This is because road safety for all highways users will always be a top priority for us, but as we look towards the future, we will look to add more sites into the wildlife friendly verge programme where it is safe to do so.”