Plantlife’s campaign to protect wildflowers and nature on roadside verges
Posted May 14 2018
The 2018 campaign to get road verges managed better for nature has kicked off!
Already the word is getting out: you might have seen us featured on the BBC, in the Times, in the Telegraph and in the Daily Mail. If you've not yet signed the petition, please do - every signature really does count, especially on a local level as we've had councils asking how many of their citizens have been supporting the campaign.
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.