The scheme offers Parish, Town, Borough and District Councils the opportunity to turn urban roadside verges into dedicated wildflower verges. The initiative forms part of the council’s wider work to tackle climate change and commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
wildflowers flourishing along our roadsides, helping to improve biodiversity and encouraging wildlife to the areas.
Ashby de la Zouch is a beautiful place to live being graced with not only an abundance of history and heritage but also being the centre of the National Forest. We have a long history of looking after our listed buildings and heritage sites so why not now look at the wonderful natural sites we have in the area.
We have become a member of the Leicestershire Parish Nature Network which aims to increase awareness of and improve our local natural assets. This includes appointing tree wardens, looking at climate change initiatives and developing biodiversity action plans. As a local council we want to encourage residents to consider and become involved in these issues.
Our first project has been the establishment of a Blue Verge area on Lower Packington Road. This roadside verge will be left to develop back into its’ original ecosystem with controlled cutting and reseeding with indigenous plants if needed . This of course means being patient and allowing nature to take its course .
The Blue Verge scheme is an ongoing project and it would be great to involve some enthusiastic local residents or groups. So , if you have an area you would like to considered as a Blue Verge then let us know at the Town Council.