On the verge: a quiet roadside revolution is boosting wildflowers

On the verge: a quiet roadside revolution is boosting wildflowers Projects to reduce grass cutting and increase the diversity of plants and wildlife along Britain’s roads are having dramatic resultsIn 2014, Giles Nicholson was battling the growing year from hell. A mild winter followed by a warm, wet spring had turbocharged a ferocious mass of cow parsley, nettles and dense grass along the hundreds of miles of road his team maintains for Dorset council. Austerity meant there was barely enough money to pay for repeated cuttings to hold back the matted swards. Complaints poured in about messy roadsides.“[The machinery] wouldn’t go through it,” says Nicholson, recalling the overspilling verges. Continue… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/14/on-the-verge-a-quiet-roadside-revolution-is-boosting-wildflowers-aoe