Welsh coun­ties sow their verges

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

I WOULD re­fer to Karo­line Lamb’s let­ter, dated July 2, re­gard­ing the cut­ting of grass verges by Bucks County Coun­cil. I, for one, en­tirely agree with her. In ar­eas where the road vi­sion might be ob­scured by long grass, the county coun­cil might have a case for cut­ting six times a year.

In all other ar­eas, long grass is nei­ther an eye­sore or a road haz­ard.

What it is is a har­bour for wildlife which is fast dis­ap­pear­ing from our coun­try­side.

And in a sim­i­lar vein, whilst I have to ad­mit that the gar­dens out­side Amer­sham Li­brary and the Old Amer­sham me­mo­rial gar­dens look very pretty, I shud­der to think what the an­nual costs of these and many other sim­i­lar sites through­out the county must be.

Can I com­mend to the county coun­cil what Gwynedd and other county coun­cils have done in South Wales.

All ar­eas of ap­pro­pri­ate spare land are sown with wild­flower seeds.

The ef­fect is stun­ning, as I am sure any­one who has seen their beds will agree.

And not only do they look so colour­ful, they also pro­vide a haven for our bees and birds and many other en­dan­gered species and are cheap to pro­vide and easy to main­tain.

Cer­tainly cheaper than the two or three times a year that the Amer­sham beds have to be dug over and re­planted.

And with all the money this saves you will be able to fill in a few more of the pot­holes which are a county dis­grace.

AF COLE Back Lane Chal­font St. Giles

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