8. Why aren’t more grass areas left for wildflowers to encourage bees and
Unfortunately it is difficult and costly to get wild flowers to establish on our
estate verges and small open space areas. Many years of regular grass
cutting have created very fertile soils in which wildflowers rarely flourish but
other “weed” species along with long grass can often become an eyesore and
trap litter. Such areas still need to be managed and the cutting / removal of
cuttings are more costly than regular mowing. However we do have a number
of sites around the district, for example Selsley Common, where we protect and conserve wild flower areas .