Biodiversity

Life on the Verge

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“If humans were to disappear the world would regenerate…  If insects were to vanish the environment would collapse into chaos”

Biologist, EO Wilson.

Working with local communities, parish councils and other interested groups, Greening Steyning is creating new habitat for pollinators on the verges around our three parishes, by allowing wild flowers to grow. 

This means cutting verges less often and removing the cuttings when they are cut. On some verges it might take time for the flowers to shine through but, trust in nature, they will come. 

This would not only provide food for pollinators but also bring wild flowers into the heart of our community, making our verges look more beautiful and increasing our community’s connection to nature, which has been shown to support all aspects of human wellbeing, from physical health to life satisfaction.

Why are we doing this?

  • Pollinators are important; 75% of food crops benefit from pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
  • Over the past 50 years these essential insects have been in decline.
  • Habitat loss is one of the most significant threats to pollinators.

What to expect?

Any  verge being rewilded as part of this project will be clearly signed so that everyone knows what we are doing. We also have a dedicated email address so that community members can get in touch and ask any questions they may have about the project: lifeontheverge@greeningsteyning.org.uk 

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Together We Can Make a Difference

There are a number of volunteer opportunities which occur throughout the year including botanical surveys, cutting collection, and leaflet dropping to relevant neighbourhoods. If you email us we will contact you when the next activity is about to take place : lifeontheverge@greeningsteyning.com

How else can I help?

Spread the word, recommend verges or areas that can be rewilded, give pollinators space in your own garden. If you would like to stay informed about ways to protect wildlife in your own garden than sign up to our monthly gardening newsletter below;