Titchmarsh backs 'Say No to the Mow'

Alan Titchmarsh is leading a Plantlife campaign to persuade councils to leave mowing grass verges until August.

"Say No to the Mow" aims to tackle the 98 per cent of wild flower meadows lost since the 1930s. Titchmarsh will be challenging councils to better manage verges by mowing them later in the year and clearing off cuttings.

Plantlife has produced a free guide for councils, a "Road Verge Warrior" toolkit and a petition calling for better verge management.

Titchmarsh said: "The road verges near where I live have some really gorgeous displays of wild flowers but they are sometimes mown down in their prime."

See www.plantlife.org.uk/roadvergecampaign.

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