Council take new approach to grass cutting to boost nature and wildlife
Posted on 17 Jun 2019
NORTH Ayrshire Council says its new approach to grass cutting will provide huge benefits to wildlife in the long term.
As part of a new Biodiversity Strategy, the Council are taking a ‘relaxed’ approach to maintaining the grass in some areas where there is low footfall.
This encourages the growth of native species of flowers, which in turn encourages insects and bees, attract birds and the cycle continues and flourishes.
The new approach was also a popular option with communities who were asked for their thoughts on how some Streetscene ground maintenance budgets would be best spent.
The main areas of relaxed grass cutting are:
- sections of Irvine Beach Park
- Almswell Park
- Stevenston Shore
- selected bankings
- areas of low footfall or areas that are difficult to access.
Councillor Jim Montgomerie, Cabinet Member for Place, said: “Our new approach to grass cutting forms a very small part of our new Biodiversity Plan.
“People are becoming more and more aware of how important it is to not only protect the environment but provide ways that we can enhance it. The more relaxed approach to grass cutting is just one element of this. We hope it will let wild flowers grow in their natural environment and therefore let associated wildlife, particularly bees, flourish and thrive in their natural environment
“Some of the areas we are letting grow are a vital haven for many bees, butterflies, birds, bats and bugs.
“This approach was widely supported during our engagement exercises with local communities as part of our Shaping North Ayrshire initiative.”