Monmouthshire Saving Money and Pollinators

BeeOnLavenderWildflowers including lavender are to be planted by Monmouthshire Council to help reduce the decline of bees and other pollinators. Also, some grassed areas such as roadside verges and cemeteries will be cut less often to allow existing plants to set seeds.

Read more on the BBC News website.

Can Pembrokeshire follow?



5 thoughts on “Monmouthshire Saving Money and Pollinators

  1. Road fuel currently contains no sulphur. Plants, especially flowers, need sulphur to grow. In spite of all the scientific evidence the EU forced the refineries to extract it all. Now farmers have to spread sulphur on the fields (it used to arrive in exhaust fumes) and the number of wild flowers on verges is dropping. There is an easy solution, and it will make road fuel cheaper to produce …

    • We could just invest in more fuel hungry vehicles, park them on the verges and leave the engines running. Sorted.

  2. Well done Monmouthshire. I think you could say this is a win-win situation, would be great to think Pembrokeshire could do similar.Not sure PCC rate
    issues of this nature to highly on the agenda (flailed hedgerows ,flailed verges,throughout the summer.)However we might be pleasantly surprised.

  3. This, together with bee works further afield, was the opening address at the WBKA Convention on Saturday last. The Bees for Development speaker explained that they had taken up the issue of untimely grass cutting and the use of weedkillers with the County Council in a bid to maintain the wildflower refuges alongside roads etc. Somewhat surprisingly perhaps, a local resident had started a petition against the idea and received approximately 300 signatures. BfD then started their own and achieved nearly three times that amount. With regard to Pembrokeshire, I was under the impression that they already had a more enlightened policy regarding cutting but it would be worth checking with the appropriate department. It certainly struck me as a win win for bees and people [apart from those who apparently prefer tidy borders to the survival of local bee populations]

  4. It would be wonderful if Pembrokeshire could follow. Also, contractors driving hedge trimmers should be trained not to cut so low, not only leaving an unsightly mess but cutting into old wood which will not regenerate, killing gorse bushes which provide flowers for bees when most else fails.

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