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I was called yesterday afternoon by a local journalist who was writing a ‘big story’ on Oxfordshire’s overgrown roadside verges. She was interested in my opinion as earlier in the year I floated an idea of having native wildflowers sown into these verges to add beauty and a habitat to wildlife.
These past few weeks in the local media there has already been plenty of negative feedback on the more natural sight we have been seeing this summer as Oxfordshire County Council scale back their grass cutting operations.
Here are a few of my thoughts randomly grouped together.
Many arguments against allowing roadside verges to grow cite safety as a main concern. I drive between gardens daily down country lanes and most say that if anything the natural verges have made me drive slower and led me to concentrate more. Personally, I think that this has added to the safety of my drive.
People have also safe that it looks messy and unkempt. Nature is beautiful and when let to its own devices, goes through a process of growth, seeding, decomposition and germination. This is a circle and just continues. As there years go by, more flowers appear as seeds scatter and the are starts to look full and vibrant year round.
There is also a concern that people are paying tax and not getting the services they pay for. We all know that we live in a time where the political elite have made mistake after mistake which has led money to be tight. Reducing verge cutting means that money could be saved and spent more appropriately on children or elderly services.
I do feel though that if Oxfordshire County Council going forward was to create a schedule of cutting areas around junctions and along foot and cycle paths then many of the fears and concerns of local Oxfordshire residents could be allayed and general support of a project to rewild these unnatural parts of Oxfordshire would be forthcoming.
Would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this.
If you love seeing more natural roadside verges then please write, tweet, facebook to your local newspaper, radio and TV to praise them and make sure they have a place for years to come here in Oxfordshire!