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Council agree to continue wildflower displays to encourage biodiversity

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This evening at the Environmental Services Committee, Councillors agreed to continue protecting and enhancing the natural environment throughout the Borough with wildflower displays.

A report to Councillors read “In November 2019 Council approved a reduction in floral displays in an effort to reduce costs. A combination of approaches have been used successfully to achieve this aim. In particular, Estates have replaced the traditional displays of, for example, begonias with bio-diversity friendly wildflower displays.

This innovation has proved to be very popular with residents and visitors alike who have taken time to contact Council to compliment them on this approach. Not only has it reduced cost and proved popular but it has also had the benefit of providing a rich source of food for pollinators such as bees, butterflies and moths. Some estimates suggest that up to one third of our native bee population could become extinct due to lack of food (flowers).

This approach along with the ‘Don’t Mow, Let It Grow’ campaign has demonstrated that with a little thought, our natural environment can be managed to the benefit of both people and fauna. “.

The final decision will go before full council next month.

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