We have miles of urban and rural routes which contain grass verges. We have previously cut the grass verges to ensure and maintain a good view for drivers, and focus on meadows within our parks and open spaces.
As grass verges are a habitat for a number of wildlife creatures, a consultation with Plantlife and Kent Wildlife took place to review the best approach for our verge environment and to assess suitable wildlife verge scheme options.
The advice from the consultation was to naturalise the areas and assess what plants are growing. This means we will not mow grass verges in certain areas across Medway.
Overtime, we will create an additional 100 miles of wildflower rural and urban verges which will add to our existing 140 miles of long grassy verges.
We will create an additional 30 miles of long grassy verges by the end of March 2020.
The following grass verges will be left to naturalise:
- Hoath Way, Gillingham
- Deanwood Drive, Rainham
- Kings Frith, Gillingham
- A2 Rainham
- North Dane Way, Chatham
- Ito and Yokosuka Way, Gillingham
- Four Elms Hill, Hoo
- Peninsula Way, Hoo
- Wainscott Bypass - first section
- Watling Street, Strood
- Maidstone Road, Chatham