Hi fellow road verge campaigners,
Posted October 12 2018
My name is Kate Petty and, thanks to your support and passion and a generous award from The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation, I have just joined Plantlife in a brand new role as the Road Verge Campaign Manager. Over the next 18-24 months I will be persuading as many councils as possible to adopt Plantlife’s new official guidelines which will be ready in early spring...
We want road verges
managed better for nature
Rural road verges are a vital refuge for wild flowers driven out of our farmland. In turn, wild flowers support our birds, bees and other wildlife. Some councils are looking after their road verges in a way that benefits nature, but they are in a minority. We want to see all road verges managed better while remaining safe for motorists. Not only can it be done - it could save money as well.
Our open letter
Please adopt Plantlife's guidelines for managing road verges to benefit wild flowers and other nature. I know that road verges are under considerable pressure. Priorities for safety and access, along with budget constraints and difficulties with the collection of litter and grass clippings can mean that enhancing their wildlife value is often low on the list. But we believe that the adoption of a few basic principles will improve our verges for nature, bringing benefits for wildlife, for us and for future generations.
Someone who cares about wildlife on our verges
3 easy steps to sign our letter
- Find your council via the fields below*
- Enter your name and email address
- Click "Submit"
* This council may not be your local district or borough council – see "Trouble finding your council?" for the reason below.
Health & Safety
Safety must come first on our roads but with the size of most road verges there should be no conflict between this and conservation. For many verges a regular annual late summer cut and removal of mowings will keep the verge open, safe and thriving with interesting wildlife. We also agree that certain verges must be cut regularly cut to maintain clear lines of visibility – this is particularly crucial at junctions where a ‘visibility splay’ has to be maintained at all times. On some busy roads this also applies to the first metre from the edge of the carriageway.