My colleague, Cllr Mirna Juarez, has tabled a motion to the first meeting of the Climate Change Select Committee of Liverpool Council asking for a review of all grass verges and spaces between dual carriageways in Liverpool, with a view to making them wildflower havens.
Cllr Juarez points out in her motion that this has three main benefits. Firstly, it makes areas more attractive, secondly, it saves money with less frequent grass cutting and thirdly it creates a haven for pollinating and other insects.
There is increasingly strong evidence that nice green and planted areas are very good for both physical and mental health. More greens calms people and encourages a positivity within their lives as well as attracting dangerous pollutants from the air.
Cutting the grass twice a year instead of 6 or 7 times saves cash which can used for other environmental activity.
Strips of wild flowers increase the number of insects, especially pollinating ones, that are vital for our parks, allotments, gardens and other green spaces.
As Cllr Juarez says this is the sixth motion that Liberal Democrat Councillors have tabled to the Climate Change Select Committee which has yet to meet. On July 17th the Council unanimously agreed to declare a climate change emergency and establish 4 different areas of action. It appointed a Climate Change Cabinet Member and established a new climate change select committee.
Since then absolutely nothing appears to have happened and we have to ask, “was the Council meeting and motion a complete waste of time?” The clock is ticking for climate change and the Council needs to take urgent action not just say the right words.
Cllr Juarez and the Lib Dem team would love to hear from you about areas where wildflower planting can be encouraged in your area. Contact her at 07954 434476 or at email@example.com
An excellent organisation called Plantlife has produced a whole series of resources to encourage the greater planting of wildflowers including the publication pictured above. They can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the full motion to the Committee
Motion to the Climate Change Select Committee
Cllr Mirna Juarez
Encouraging the seeding of verges and main roads
This committee notes that there are many main roads in Liverpool with grassed areas to either a central reservation or roadside or both.
It requests the officers to undertake a review of all roads with a view to ensuring that grass cutting is reduced to twice wherever possible and areas seeded with wildflowers subject to the maintenance of satisfactory sight lines for drivers and pedestrians.
It believes that this approach will save the Council money, improve bio-diversity, provide better areas for pollinating insects and add to the charm and visual amenity of many of our main thoroughfares.