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Roadside natural wildflowers are on their way

by Cathy Sheel

Knowsley Council is introducing natural wildflower and tall grass areas along some of its roadside verges.

In line with the council’s Climate Emergency Declaration, which committed to introduce more natural green spaces to the borough, a small number of natural wildflower sites along roadside verges will be introduced this year. See list of tall natural wildflower verges

The ‘tall grass’ initiative has been introduced to encourage existing wildflowers and pollinators to thrive. In some cases, it may take more than one season for the wildflowers to fully establish themselves, however, it is anticipated that the majority of sites already have some natural wildflowers that have grown during the pandemic, and these will be retained wherever possible.

These wildflower verges will be clearly marked with ‘Special Road Verge’ signage and grass cutting frequencies and methods will be adapted at these sites to enable both grasses and wildflowers to grow freely. This could include shorter grass on the edges of these areas to ensure no obstruction to views from the road. This builds on existing similar maintenance arrangements in some of our parks and open spaces.

And residents will be asked to identify sites for future natural wildflower areas for the next phase of the programme.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “Tall grass and flower-rich verges are increasingly popular with local communities and are a great way of encouraging pollinators and wildlife into the heart of the urban environment. These sites will be managed as natural green spaces and make an important contribution to the council’s Climate Emergency Declaration.

“By adopting a small number of sites initially, we will be able to see what people think of them before extending the programme in 2021, and we would like to invite residents to come forward and suggest sites for the future.”

If you have any ideas for the natural wildflower sites for the next phase of the programme, please email: Customer.Services@knowsley.gov.uk