Winchester City Council is changing the way it manages road verges to benefit biodiversity.
This is an important aspect of the WCC Biodiversity Action Plan and contributes to Winchester’s overarching response to the Climate Emergency.
Thanks to their existing seed banks (and to interest and involvement locally!), we’ve chosen pilot verges in Badger Farm and New Alresford.
In these areas we are:
- Reducing cutting regimes to allow flowers and grasses to grow and seed
- Removing the cuttings to bring fertility down
- Monitoring the increase of biodiversity
These changes will benefit native wild flowers and in turn provide better habitats for pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
In addition to this they will create green corridors for wildlife throughout the district.