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Some park & grass verge areas in Leigh-on-Sea to be left to grow as meadowland

May 5, 2022 3:45 PM
In www.leightimes.co.uk
Originally published by Liberal Democrats - Working For You Across Southend

Some park areas and grass verges in Leigh will only be mowed once a year to encourage biodiversity, it has been revealed.

Southend Council's parks department has announced that the majority of Undercliff Gardens in Leigh, will be left to grow as meadowland to encourage the growth of wild flowers to attract insects. Grass verges in Highlands Boulevard and Sutherland Boulevard in Leigh will also be left to grow.

Other areas around Southend, including Bournes Green and Shoebury will also be left. Council bosses say it is part of their work towards achieving net zero carbon emissions.

Paul Rabbitts, head of parks and open spaces for Southend Council, said: "We are committed to providing a greener future, and protecting and enhancing the natural environment by working to increase levels of flora and fauna across the city. As part of our work to achieve net zero emissions by 2030, we will be looking to naturalise some grass areas in five areas across the city, where this is appropriate. This essentially allows the grass to grow longer and aids growth of wildflowers and plants, which will help attract insects, birds and mammals to create vibrant, species-rich environments."

On grass verges, strips will be cut along the edges of pathways to keep them clear.

The council said it hopes to help reverse the 97 per cent of meadows lost across the UK in the last 100 years.

Mr Rabbitts added: "Reducing mowing also allows native plants to flower, which provides nectar for bees and other insects. The areas of longer grass meadow will be cut and collected once a year in the autumn. This approach helps to encourage the development of flowering species, which are so important to our wildlife."