Deserves a close look.

A friend of mine has spent many years putting poles and vivid tape around plants on the grass verges near her home.

She catalogues the wild flowers.

Last week Matthew Wilson of the FT wrote an article about such dedicated volunteers.

Our grass verges are the home of some rare wild flowers, such as Bee Orchid and Sea fern-grass.

Plantlife, the UK charity that lobbies  for  protection of wildflowers , has launched a campaign to raise the profile of verges as a significant bastion of wild plants and genetic diversity.

They hope to encourage local authorities  to think again about  mowing the verges between March and August.

This is when the plants flower.

Dorset has set the example.

Let us hope that the rest of the Local Authorities will follow this example.



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