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#nomow: a campaign for wildlife

There are 238,000 hectares of road verge in Britain, twice as much grassland than is left in the countryside! Road verges and hedgerows are home to over a thousand species. Amazingly this often overlooked habitat supports two thirds of all our wild flowers. With the loss of our natural meadows, wildflowers on road verges play a vital role as a food source for our declining pollinator populations.

Of course, road verges need management, however mowing verges too often, especially at the height of the flowering season, means flowers are cut before they can set seed and return energy to the rootstock. If not removed, the cuttings smother the flowers and add nitrogen to the soil as they rot down, yet, most wild flowers thrive on poor soil. 

The good news is that the best management requires doing less; leaving verges to develop naturally and wildflowers to set seed before any mowing takes place. Turning verges into wildflower reserves is not only great for wildflowers and wildlife, it also brings character to an area and, as verges are one of the most viewed habitats in the country, provides a much needed and valued connection between people and countryside. Promoting natural vegetation can also strengthen resistance to floods and droughts, and promote vital habitat for pollinating insects. Ensuring vegetation specifically matches an area even reduces maintenance costs. Wildflowers often re-seed naturally or live for several years, requiring little attendance, while increasing biodiversity further improves soil health and capacity to absorb floodwater.

 

Be part of the #nomow movement

We want to help you to transform your road verges, and so we've teamed up with River of Flowers (www.riverofflowers.org) to provide simple wildflower road verge management guidelines, and the Wildlife Gadgetman (www.wildlifegadgetman.com) to provide a unique bug 'high-rise' wildflower road sign along with reduced price wildflower seed balls from Project Maya Seedball.

Support our wildflowers

Here are some other ways to get involved:

  • Sign the Road Verge Campaign
  • Start a River of Flowers stream
  • Email your council
  • Tweet your support
  • Visit a wild meadow
  • Create a mini meadow

 

#nomow: a campaign for wildlife

There are 238,000 hectares of road verge in Britain, twice as much grassland than is left in the countryside! Road verges and hedgerows are home to over a thousand species. Amazingly this often overlooked habitat supports two thirds of all our wild flowers. With the loss of our natural meadows, wildflowers on road verges play a vital role as a food source for our declining pollinator populations.

Of course, road verges need management, however mowing verges too often, especially at the height of the flowering season, means flowers are cut before they can set seed and return energy to the rootstock. If not removed, the cuttings smother the flowers and add nitrogen to the soil as they rot down, yet, most wild flowers thrive on poor soil. 

The good news is that the best management requires doing less; leaving verges to develop naturally and wildflowers to set seed before any mowing takes place. Turning verges into wildflower reserves is not only great for wildflowers and wildlife, it also brings character to an area and, as verges are one of the most viewed habitats in the country, provides a much needed and valued connection between people and countryside. Promoting natural vegetation can also strengthen resistance to floods and droughts, and promote vital habitat for pollinating insects. Ensuring vegetation specifically matches an area even reduces maintenance costs. Wildflowers often re-seed naturally or live for several years, requiring little attendance, while increasing biodiversity further improves soil health and capacity to absorb floodwater.

 

Be part of the #nomow movement

We want to help you to transform your road verges, and so we've teamed up with River of Flowers (www.riverofflowers.org) to provide simple wildflower road verge management guidelines, and the Wildlife Gadgetman (www.wildlifegadgetman.com) to provide a unique bug 'high-rise' wildflower road sign along with reduced price wildflower seed balls from Project Maya Seedball.

Support our wildflowers

Here are some other ways to get involved:

  • Sign the Road Verge Campaign
  • Start a River of Flowers stream
  • Email your council
  • Tweet your support
  • Visit a wild meadow
  • Create a mini meadow