Grass pol­icy verges on the ridicu­lous

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

PEO­PLE have no doubt no­ticed grass verges have been cut ev­ery­where, in­clud­ing Hodg­moor Woods.

Whilst some might agree with this oth­ers con­sider it a waste of money and de­struc­tion of wild flow­ers.

Bucks County Coun­cil (Bucks CC) sent a team of grass cut­ters in May to Bot­trells Lane, to cut only the verges in front of six houses, shoring off the tops of stillflow­er­ing spring bulbs. The coun­cil uses money which could fund road re­pairs to cut verges but it does not cut over­hang­ing branches.

Is it do­ing this to de­ceive peo­ple into think­ing roads are main­tained prop­erly?

To cut miles of verges with wild­flow­ers de­prives bees, birds and in­sects of food. Our neigh­bour­ing coun­ties have stopped cut­ting grass verges. They don’t con­sider grass to “dan­ger­ous”.

There are, un­for­tu­nately, peo­ple who do not care about na­ture and they are lis­tened to when they ask for a “ster­ile-look­ing grass verge”.

Oth­ers are re­ally up­set when they see the de­struc­tion by Bucks CC.

Should peo­ple have the right to dic­tate how their neigh­bours keep verges? Why does the county in­ter­fere? I can un­der­stand if there is an ob­struc­tion the coun­cil should have the right to cut the verge. Bucks County Coun­cil does not own any grass verges.

This, in my opin­ion, amounts to dic­ta­tor­ship. Whilst it would be good to cut the verges twice per year, six times is too much.

KARO­LINE LAMB Chal­font St Giles

very kind per­son was that handed my purse in to Waitrose in Ger­rards Cross last Satur­day. I am so, so grate­ful. Thank you.

ROS HURN Ger­rards Cross

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