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Verge cutting

Reported in the Grass and Hedges category anonymously at 15:50, Friday 31 May 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 5 minutes later

Hi, I am writing about the road side verges you maintain. I wrote the the WODC but they said to contact you. Sadly even my little verge by my house has been cut despite the sign. I understand these need to be cut where vision is obstructed but I hope to increase biodiversity you might cut the rest in September so wildlife has time to benefit. This will also save costs and make our lanes so much more beautiful. Maybe litter could be collected after the September cut too? I share a piece from Plantlife. Could we adopt this practice in Oxfordshire please? "Last week, en route to a meeting with Herefordshire verge volunteers, the council and contractors, it was wonderful to drive along rural lanes, beautifully lined with bluebells, red campion and cow parsley. In the meeting it was great to hear that the highways team and their contractors are planning to trial different wildlife-friendly verge management options in several Herefordshire parishes, and alongside the local volunteer group Verging on Wild, we look forward to working further with them to provide more guidance and to encourage councillors to adopt our guidelines. Whilst we’re working towards longer term goals, it’s always great to hear about current successes. We were pleased to hear about a roadside wildflower area near Filton in South Gloucestershire created to protect Bee Orchids and other wild flowers. Groundsmen noticed around 300 orchid rosettes earlier this year and set aside several grass banks to encourage the wild flowers to thrive. And to let the public know why the grass wasn’t being cut they created posters thank you Judy

Council ref: ENQ19834287

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  • Thank you for your enquiry. This issue has been passed onto the relevant team for investigation.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 15:55, Friday 31 May 2019

  • Thank you for your report. We are doing our best to keep the verges wildlife friendly and have areas throughout Oxfordshire that we do not cut to allow the wildlife to flourish. I will pass on your comments to the team and thanks again for your enquiry.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 16:41, Monday 3 June 2019

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