Posted on: Wednesday 29 April 2020
Local authority staff are under considerable pressure due to COVID-19 and it has been necessary to prioritise some services over others. You may have noticed one of the consequences of this is delayed grass cutting. In the meantime, the Council will continue to cut road visibility zones for safety. During this period we are able to see some positive environmental benefits as delaying grass cutting enables a greater diversity of plant and animal life, including wildflowers which set seed over the summer, providing a boost for local wildlife and our own wellbeing, which the Council has a legal duty to enhance.
You might have already spotted a lot more wildflowers like daisies, cuckoo flower, dandelions and celandines along the road verges and in local parks. All of these are providing valuable food and shelter for many different types of insect, including bees, butterflies, beetles and hoverflies – all essential pollinators which are sadly in decline. Birds and small mammals benefit too from the increase in insects, availability of seed and shelter provided by taller plants.
Wildflower verges are also beneficial for people – reducing air pollution, tackling climate change, reducing the effects of flash flooding in dry weather and adding a splash of colour to your essential journey.
If you’ve noticed any increased wildflowers in verges on your exercise routes, from your window or garden, let us know what you think of them or even share some photos on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/522431315138328/ , Twitter @BGTorfaenLNP or Instagram @bgandtorfaenlnp