Creating and managing grassland with a range of different plant species is a brilliant way to improve biodiversity.
Grass verges which are rich in native wildflowers support more wildlife, are more resistant to environmental change, and enhance ecological connectivity by creating joined-up pollinator corridors. These corridors offer pollinators (like bees) nutrition and a habitat, as well as helping them move into other areas.
This approach also reduces the amount of management our roadside grass verges need. They do not need to be cut every two weeks - as we currently do - because longer grass helps pollinators.
What are we doing?
As part of our green action plan, we're:
- sowing 40,000m2 of urban meadows on roadsides
- changing the way we cut grass to leave grass on verges long (where appropriate)
- using less herbicides, to support pollinators
- installing bee hives and tree hives as part of 'Buzz in Boro' programme