On the 18th May the Trust held a short, informative roadside verge walk to look at the variety of wild flowers and to see which verges might benefit from better management. Since then we have consulted with the Leeds City Council in order to re-schedule the cutting regime of the better verges.
Then, on the 8th June members of the Trust visited Lincolnshire to witness the results of good roadside verge management. The day started with an enthralling talk by Mark Scofield, the leader of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s “Life on the Verge” Project. Mark recounted the origin of the project, it’s problems and it’s successes. After lunch we had a tour around the best examples of well managed verges which showed a tremendous variety of wild flowers and how this management obviates the need for verges to be cut more than once or twice a year.