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Essex Highways prioritises roadside safety and wildflower conservation this grass-cutting season

News / Sat 25th May 2024 at 08:12am

ESSEX Highways is working with partners to conserve vital wildflower species in verges across 90 locations in the county.

Where it is safe to do so, certain roadside verges will be left uncut throughout May until late June.

These provide sanctuary for nationally scarce wildlife species such as Sulphar Clover, Lesser Calamint, and Crested Cow Wheat.

Essex Highways is working with Essex County Council’s arboriculture team to identify special roadside verges, with approximately 40 miles of road verges across Essex recognised as beneficial for wildflowers.

It is also hoped it will encourage more people to choose active travel so they can enjoy the wildflowers on their journeys.

For the remaining verges, the yearly mowing works will begin this month as Essex Highways rolls out a targeted grass-cutting strategy to enhance safety by improving visibility on roads and junctions.

Grass within a metre from road edges will be trimmed to ensure clear sight lines, allowing for safer navigation this summer.

Councillor Tom Cunningham, Cabinet Member for Highways, Infrastructure and Sustainable Transport at Essex County Council, said: “While the safety and visibility of Essex’s roads is of paramount importance, it’s wonderful we’ve been able to identify verges across Essex that can be left to grow during the spring to conserve wildflower species.”

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8 Comments for Essex Highways prioritises roadside safety and wildflower conservation this grass-cutting season:

Guy Flegman
2024-05-25 08:22:31

Well that’s one way to spin it! Better than saying we are not cutting the grass to save money, but will do the legal minimum to cover our butts.

Resident
2024-05-25 15:01:51

Really pleased to see this. It looks lovely and helps the insects and wildlife. More of it please.

Neil
2024-05-25 18:08:11

As Resident says..this is great news..and as Guy says...it's spinning a story....SAVE THE HEDGEHOGS

David Forman
2024-05-26 08:10:58

Essex County could also do more to cutback overhanging trees and shrubbery that obscures roadsigns. Also, I see plenty of highway signs that are so dirty it is difficult to read them.

resident
2024-05-26 08:59:00

Well said Neil.

Resident
2024-05-26 10:06:25

David foreman and blocking the footpaths. Areas definitely need to be left for wildflowers and grasses, the expanses of sterile dead looking grass isn't good for anything. But the lack of ongoing maintenance around footpaths and road junctions etc is appalling. Some footpaths are almost impassable already

resident
2024-05-26 10:22:13

Delighted to see so many little blue butterflies this year in harlow,my favourite.They feed on birds foot trefoil and clover.

Mark Gough
2024-05-26 23:35:26

Frankly this is laughable! Prioritise filling in potholes and saving money on damaged car claims! Living things overgrown in the hope they might hide a few potholes and you can claim to be biodiversity champions is not what residents pay £71 in every £100 for! Mark Gough -Leader Harlow UKIP

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