BLUE campaign collaborates with a number of organisations to ensure that the best advice is available as a resource.
In the good spirit of collaboration with PLANTLIFE we are able to share their excellent advice on how to best manage road verges.
PLEASE TAKE POSITIVE ACTION
Councils own thousands of hectares of land across the UK and they can play a huge role in increasing wild spaces within their area.
This download available below is a template letter which you might use to support your council to do the right thing.
You can find your local District Councillors by checking this website; https://www.gov.uk/find-your-local-councillors.
Check if your parish or town council operates any Green Spaces and write to your Councillor there with the same letter (or email).
Make all levels of council aware of the campaign.
County Councils have responsibility for Highways so the more of you who are asking for verges to be left, the more likely this will filter down through to smaller Councils.
THANK YOU and let's see some of Britain's biodiversity restored by this one simple action by YOU!
Councils can play a huge role in increasing wild spaces within their area.
There are some councils which are really taking the lead on this, including Stroud Town Council, Chipping Sodbury Town Council, Dorset Council, South Gloucestershire Council and a few more around the country.
BLUE campaign is very keen to work with councils and support them in being forward looking and committed to their ecological responsibilities.
A recent study by the Wildlife Trust suggests that 90% of lowland grassland has been lost in the 20th century, with fewer areas than ever supporting insects, wildlife and grassland species. These areas form an essential part of the UK’s ecological infrastructure.
Luckily, combatting this loss is one which is easy and cost effective for Councils.
Please, allocate areas of land which you manage to wildflower meadow. This would mean an annual cut-and-collect followed by little or no maintenance, reducing your costs and carbon footprint, whilst encouraging wildlife to re-inhabit the area.
To mitigate any complaints regarding neglect of such areas, erect a blue heart on a wooden post to alert members of the public to the project.
Many Councils have begun to sign up to the campaign with more doing so each week.
Please bring this matter to the attention of other Councillors and anyone who manages green or open spaces within the Council.
It is cost-effective, enhances our environment and shows that the Council is forward looking and committed to its ecological responsibilities.
Please be aware that scattering rather bright, garish coloured, non-native wild flower seed along road verges is not an environmental solution and should be discouraged.
Restoring biodiversity is about encouraging native grassland with native wild flowers. Each county across the UK may be on a different geology and soil and nature will be the best selector of new plants. Don't forget, rewilding is not just about plants. It is about restoring habitat for insects, birds, small mammals, amphibians and reptiles.
Use the BLUE campaign's social media (Facebook, twitter, Instagram) to promote the good work that you are doing and we will share this to encourage other councils.
Thank you so much.