Increasing Biodiversity in Grass Verges
The network of grass verges in Surrey stretches alongside 3,000 miles of rural and urban roads, providing a significant opportunity to increase plant and insect biodiversity through the way that these are managed.
In 2019, Surrey County Council committed to review and reduce the frequency of cutting highway verges across the county, wherever safe and desirable to do so. Further, in 2021-22 Surrey County Council adopted an additional initiative; committing to reducing frequency of cutting grassed areas on their managed sites.
Reducing the number of grass cuts each year can allow native plant species to thrive, and in some areas additional steps can be taken to prepare the ground, sow native wildflower seeds and more proactively encourage their growth.To read more and find out how you can help click here