Verges go wild

Rochdale Observer - - LOOKING BACK -

GRASS verges around the bor­ough are now fes­tooned with stun­ning wild­flow­ers.

Seeds were sown in spring , in­clud­ing pop­pies, Cal­i­for­nia pop­pies, co­re­op­sis, corn­flower, lark­flower and the white flow­er­ing bull­wort. The flow­ers are so pop­u­lar that Rochdale coun­cil, which is be­hind the idea, has been in­un­dated with re­quests on where to buy seed mix.

In re­sponse, next year the author­ity will make the seed mix avail­able at Bowlee Nurs­ery with a guide on cre­at­ing ‘flower havens.’

Coun­cil­lor Neil Em­mott, said: “We’re al­ways look­ing for in­ge­nious ways to make the bor­ough look spectacular and the wild flower bor­ders are a stun­ning ad­di­tion to the bor­ough’s roads. They re­ally lift ar­eas which would have tra­di­tion­ally been grass verges and are great for lo­cal wildlife. But they’re also eco­nom­i­cal too, with sav­ings made on grass cut­ting.”

The coun­cil is now tak­ing sug­ges­tions of where to plant fur­ther wild flower verges next spring. Email en­vi­ron­men­tal.man­age­ment@rochdale.gov.uk

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