by Debbie Smith, Bassett Green Road resident


Driving through Eastleigh and Chandlers Ford recently, I noticed that Eastleigh Borough Council have started planting some of the verges with wildflowers, managed by their StreetSmart team, and I thought how beautiful they looked.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could encourage Southampton City Council to do the same down Bassett Green Road and on the green in Stoneham Lane? They could run the whole way from the shop to Leaside way. Not only would it really enhance the area and look beautiful, it would be good for insects, butterflies and bees and reduce the need for the Council to mow the area thereby saving them money.

There is a Road Verge Campaign, plantlife.love-wildflowers.org.uk/roadvergecampaign encouraging councils to do this. As residents, could we get together along with HCERA and make a suggestion to the Council to do this? There is also an online letter you can sign which will get sent to the City Council. The more of us that do this, the more likely they are to listen.

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