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New county-wide pollinator project gets underway in Carmarthenshire

17 Jul 2022 3 minute read
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A new pilot project is underway across Carmarthenshire to encourage native flowers to grow and to provide food for pollinators.

Carmarthenshire County Council received funding under Welsh Government’s Local Places for Nature programme as part of a pilot project to trial new ways of managing green spaces.

The project does not include planting or seeding wildflowers, but instead involves a change of management to encourage the native seed bank of flowering plants to flourish without introducing non-native species.

The council says it has used the Welsh Government funding to buy two ‘cut and collect’ mowing machines to remove the cut grass instead of leaving it on the ground, which, along with longer, less frequent cuts, will encourage more flowering plants in the grassland.

By cutting it a bit less frequently short-flowering plants will have a chance to complete their full flowering cycle and increase the nectar available to insects.

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The pilot is being carried out in 31 areas across the county, including 13 housing sites, six sheltered complexes, four sites within estates, and eight other sites which are managed by the council’s grounds maintenance team.

Some areas will be cut as normal where they are regularly used by residents and all path edges will be cut regularly.

Signs have been put in place to explain what the council is doing, and officers will be monitoring these areas for biodiversity benefit.

The council is hoping to work with local residents to help with monitoring the sites and is planning to involve local schools.

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Helping pollinators

Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Decarbonisation and Sustainability Cllr Aled Vaughan Owen said: “Carmarthenshire County Council has a responsibility to address the nature and climate emergencies and is committed to protect, conserve and enhance our natural environment and help pollinating insects where we can.

“It is important to make sure we strike the correct balance between having places to enjoy and play and allowing nature to thrive.

“We have a lot to learn as part of this pilot, and we will be regularly reviewing it, and listening to the feedback of residents.

“But as well as helping pollinators on a local level, we hope this project will ultimately provide better quality green space where people live, work and learn.”

For further information please visit the biodiversity pages on the council website.


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
4 months ago

What they save on verge mowing could cover that…wild flowers know what to do !
Sounds like a council job creation scheme to me, give them a van to drive around looking at the flowers…

Last edited 4 months ago by Mab Meirion
Stephen John Owen
Stephen John Owen
4 months ago

Great idea, pick up litter intead of cutting grass

Jonathan Gwyn Mendus Edwards
Jonathan Gwyn Mendus Edwards
4 months ago

Style & logic tutorial from your Wildflower Correspondent.This new machine is being used in 31 locations. So this plan is not a ‘pilot’, eg an experiment in Ferryside, like the tv one. This project saves money as the rest of us (not Carms) is paying for the machine, and it results in less cutting and so saves money. This is not an emergency measure to “address the nature and climate emergencies “. Any gardener will tell you that, if you have to deal with grass and also like wildflowers (+bees etc) you need to think. It is crucial to decide (1)… Read more »

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