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Verging on the rediculous

I n my journey to work each day at the moment, I see poppies and swathes of long grasses, yellow and blue meadow flowers. Bees and insects abound. There are birds too, feasting. A little Eco system. 

It makes me think of Little House on the Prairie. 

You may wonder where I live and work. 

It sounds like a rural setting but it’s not. In fact it almost couldn’t be further from it. 

Smart town planning. The verges and edges through to the city have been given space. Space to grow and not been treated with weed killer. There are plenty of weeds (or as I call them, wild flowers). 

They are beginning to mow these edges now but we’ve had a really good run of greenery to lift the spirits. 

When it is mown, they bail up the cuttings and take it away to use probably as animal feeding. 

Such an improvement on plain short grass. 

Does your local council avoid weed killer and allow wild flowers and plants to grow? 



8 comments on “Verging on the rediculous

  1. Jonathan Nicholson
    June 12, 2015

    Reblogged this on recorddeck and commented:
    An interesting post on urban green spaces.


  2. faeriembassy
    June 13, 2015

    oh no no no – round here the council contracts out the poisoning of our road edges particularly that nasty nasty blackberry , poppies anything really or if no weeds then it gets mowed or a bob cat type thingy comes in and targets the wattles – heaven forbid that we should regard these areas as habitat. we also have those huge chainsaw machines that go along the forested roads and prune – rape and pillage more like leaving great wounds from severed limbs. their other penchant is to spray poisons around kids playgrounds to control weeds – dont get it at all – better stop now cause the list of idiocy could go on and on….and on…

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    • lizard100
      June 13, 2015

      I often feel bad when I post about positive local areas that I know don’t exist widely elsewhere.
      It’s such a shame. And it saves money. They do mow these strips but in between they are allowed to thrive.


      • faeriembassy
        June 13, 2015

        dont feel bad – it is heartening – so good to hear about places with a more ‘enlightened’ attitude and to be fair wild flowers do do their damdest to keep on appearing – go nature

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      • lizard100
        June 13, 2015

        Yes. I curse the weeds on my allotment but on the roadside -Go Weeds!


  3. Rach
    June 14, 2015

    Sounds wonderful, much better than plain old grass!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Julia Davis-Coombs
    June 17, 2015

    Yes! Here in Swansea we have more and more wildflower verges (and roundabouts) every year. And people write letters to the editor of the local paper praising the efforts. 🙂

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