Verges act as mini meadows for all

Here is the content of an email I sent this week to all our members at the council plus our MP:

Over recent weeks we have witnessed a plethora of beautiful wild flowers all along the roadside verges here in St Leonards – mini meadows providing food for many of the insects and birds who visit these verges when in full bloom. How shocking to discover that sometime last week, contractors have been engaged to flatten every single one of these verges all along Harley Shute Road, all along Filsham Road plus other roads – these verges were causing no obstruction or danger to pedestrians or motorists and recently there has been a nationwide effort to protect these important wildflower sites.

It is recorded that verges should not be cut until mid-July at the earliest when the flowers and grasses have seeded. Is it a case that our council neither listens or hears or reads the importance of these mini meadow road side verges? Our bees are already at risk and our bees and pollinating insects depend on the nectar they feed on. It is not rocket science is it. Please would you investigate this unnecessary and costly action and explain why this has occurred.

Is it another example of HBC and ESCC ignoring environmental policies?

Patricia Stephenson

Whittlewood Close

St Leonards

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