Cut and collect trial - boosting biodiversity
We are fighting the climate and nature emergencies with some new equipment.
I thought we were supposed to stop cutting the grass to help nature?
Removal of grass clippings at the right time plays a major role in maintaining species-rich vegetation in parks and on verges, curbing the growth of vigorous plants that smother their neighbours and helping to reduce soil nutrient levels. It also removes the thatch of dead vegetation, exposing underlying soil and giving seeds room to germinate.
Cut less and cut later
The latest guidance from Plantlife recommends a two-cut management programme that allows flowers to complete their full lifecycle rather than being cut down in their prime before they can set seed. The less and later two-cut approach will replenish the seed bank, restore floral diversity and provide pollinator habitat across the county. On some of our sites we have been advised to do three cuts a year, with the extra one being in mid-July. This is to reduce the vigour of grass growth further and increase wildflowers long term.
This service has been partly funded by grants from the Welsh Government.