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, Bramber and Beeding 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.

How can I help?

Spread the word, recommend verges or areas that can be rewilded, join in the grass cutting collection parties, give pollinators space in your own garden.

Where are our pilot sites?

  • Hyde Street Green verge, Upper Beeding, in partnership with Upper Beeding Parish Council 
  • Bramber roundabout, between Clays Hill and the A283, in partnership with West Sussex County Council and Bramber Parish Council 

All the verges 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 

TOGETHER we can make a difference.

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