Wild About Kington Langley

The climate action survey carried out in April 2022 had a very positive response to the idea of reduced mowing of commons and verges.

With over 97% of wildflower meadows destroyed since the 1930s, road verges are a vital refuge, and source of food, for all sorts of animals. With one or two cuts annually, such verges will begin to support wildflowers, adding colour and variety to the green areas of our village.

Picture of flower MeadowWe already have such an area in the village, half way up Plough Hill on the left, which gives great pleasure to those who stop and look at what grows there.

The Parish Council is proposing that a few locations are trialled this year, to gain feedback on the idea.

The proposed trial areas are shown on the maps below. 5 maps showing 6 sites.

The proposal is to cut these areas in February/March, but then leave to grow until September; at least a 1 metre strip will be kept mown alongside any road. Our scheme is in line with Wiltshire Council’s Wild About Wiltshire campaign, and follows guidance in Plantlife.org.uk’s Managing Grassland Road Verges.

The scheme will be discussed at the Annual Parish Meeting in May, and we intend to canvas opinion on how well it went in the autumn, when we can consider whether to extend the scheme, refine the areas covered, or discontinue it.

If you want to be involved with this scheme or have any comments regarding the chosen areas, or wish to suggest other areas near you to include in the scheme, by all means canvas opinion from your neighbours and then email us at getinvolved@kingtonlangley.org.

Councillor Graham Watson

1. Extension of the reduced-mowing area on north side of Plough Lane
Link to (PNG) Map showing Extension of the reduced-mowing area on north side of Plough Lane
2. Strip of land on Upper Common, beside main road
Link to (PNG) Map Showing Strip of land on Upper Common, beside main road
3. Extension of area outside Chedd’s Cottage.                                                                     4. Alongside Millenium Path beside Sedgebrook
Link to (PNG) Map showing Extension of area outside Chedd's Cottage and Alongside Millenium Path beside Sedgebrook
5. Wide verge by Day’s Lane near Lypgate
 
6. Part of Lower Common
Link to (PNG) Map showing Part of Lower Common

You can also see the results of the Klimate Action Survey at the following link kingtonlangley.org/klimateactionsurvey