Stephen Barnes, chair of BBKA trustees has written to Area Associations and Branch Secretaries asking that we sign a petition urging the government to encourage local authorities to plant more wild flowers on roadside verges and other spaces in the public realm.
There are a number of advantages to wild flowers verges. Not least, they are nicer to look at than mowed grass but in the longer term, they save councils money and reduce the congestion caused by grass cutting. Most importantly of all, wild flower verges, roundabouts and meadows provide habitats for wildlife including pollinators.
Some enlightened councils are already investing in wildflower meadows as too is the Wildlife Trust.
Signing the petition is an opportunity to show support for this idea and to encourage councils to do the same.