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Petition calls for less grass cutting in Bucks

The call is for verges to be trimmed twice a year to protect biodiversity.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:54am 15th July 2020. (Updated at 7:39am 15th July 2020) 3-minute read.

Petition calls for less grass cutting in Bucks

A petition's calling for grass verges in Buckinghamshire to be cut less to encourage wildlife.

Having two grass cuts a year, instead of four, and stopping altogether in the summer could help slow the loss of wildlife, according to the petition.

Hundreds have already signed.

The suggestions are:

  • Reducing the number of annual grass cuts across the board from the current 4 to a maximum of 2
  • Prevent grass cutting during the summer months (April to September) when flora and pollinating insect species are most abundant
  • For areas which require maintenance, adapt and produce more effective grass cutting strategies with subcontractors to reduce the amount of land that is cut
  • Work with local parish councils to effectively implement these changes across the county
Verges
Comparing the difference on the roads in Aylesbury

Jack Jordan, behind the petition, says that if these changes are made there are substantial financial gains to be made by Buckinghamshire Council, giving an example as Dorset County Council, which saved over £250,000 by scaling back grass cutting to sustainable levels between 2014/15 and 2018/19.

He told us:

"Like many others, during lockdown I found respite in nature while out on my daily exercise.

"It became apparent that with less people around and work put on hold, nature was thriving as a result.

"This has been the case around Wendover, Weston Turville and Aston Clinton where roadside verges had exploded with flowers, bees, butterflies and other plants and insects during lockdown.

"However, with council activities recommencing, it is these areas that have suffered most profoundly.

"I saw this starkly on the Wendover Road where the wide verges have been totally obliterated by council grass cutting last week.

"This spurred me to set up the petition to garner local support and press Buckinghamshire Council to change course on how they go about handling these vitally important areas for wildlife and biodiversity."

This comes as Bucks Council looks at its green commitment, to become carbon-neutral by 2050 and implement the Aylesbury Garden Town proposals.

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