Wildflower verges plan for York’s roads

Green Party councillor Dave
Taylor is proposing a motion that could see York follow other councils in
adopting a ‘Pollinator Action Plan’ and planting wildflowers to help increase
York’s biodiversity through changing ways in which highway verges and public
areas are maintained.

The motion to full council
on Wednesday recognises the importance of pollinators to our food crops,
gardens and countryside and asks for a report on how we can change things
(without increasing costs) so as to enhance the biodiversity of these important
wildlife corridors alongside our roads.

Cllr D’Agorne, in his
capacity as executive member for
transport is keen to extend the
practice of wild flower planting during work on the ring road to other appropriate highway projects.  “ Appropriate wildflower
planting and reduced frequency or partial strip cutting can result in considerable budget savings too, for example Dorest council
saved £93,000 a year.”

Cllr Dave Taylor said “ Recent objections to housing that might
threaten Askham Bog show how passionately residents feel about the need to
protect and enhance biodiversity. With support from organisations like York Natural
Environment Trust and Plantlife we can transform our highways into linear
wildlife corridors”

Cllr Rosie Baker said ““I am delighted that floral and wildflower planting is already proving
popular in York. With cross-party support we can enable a coherent strategy to develop, giving residents’ happiness and health a colourful
boost from the ground-up!”

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