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Claxton, Norfolk: A single square metre left
unmown attracts more than 50 species

This spring Rotherham borough council received deserved praise
for the banks of native flowers it now allows to flourish on
its verges. During this period I noted how most main roadsides
across Norfolk had been turned brown with herbicide spray, although
presently the dual carriageway around Norwich has slopes awash with
the colours of wild perennials.

In our parish our small green, which is barely 15m by 100m, is
mown according to the unthinking orthodoxy that prevails across
much of civic Britain. It’s a waste of money, fuel and resources,
but does it really matter to wildlife that the patch is reduced
every fortnight to shorn turf?

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