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FLOWER POWER: District Council passes motion against lawn mowing

 Published on: 24th December 2021   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) have passed a motion to reduce mowing of the area’s grassland by 50% to allow wildflowers to grow.

Put forward by Cllr Alex Michaels, it was passed unanimously following a campaign from residents, including environment group Sustainable Three Rivers.

They said: “All members of Sustainable Three Rivers are delighted that Three Rivers District Council has made the right choice by voting to reduce the amount of mowing of species-rich grassland.

“We want to feel proud of the area in which we live and to be able to enjoy the benefits that an increase in biodiversity will bring, including a greater number of insects, birds and wild flowers.

“The fact that Herts has lost 97% of species-rich grassland since the 1930s is deeply shocking, so every second counts!

“This new policy will begin from Spring 2022 so all residents of Three Rivers should quickly start to see all the benefits.

“This decision is certainly a good step in the right direction. Let us hope that TRDC continues to do all it can to bring back some of the biodiversity we have lost over many years.”

Croxley Green Parish Council have already enacted a motion to this effect, with their wildflower meadow getting a lot of praise from residents.

Parish Cllr Chris Mitchell explained: “Wildflowers help the environment in a variety of interesting ways. As pollinator plants, wildflowers help to support declining bee populations.

“Planting wildflowers allows you to create an eco-friendly area that will attract birds, bees, butterflies and insects. Not only that, they look great.”

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