Verge cutting inappropriate

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From: Peter Bowman, Renton Close, Bishop Monkton, Harrogate.

IN a recent BBC Countryfile programme, time was given to the demise of honeybees in this country through loss of habitat. Bearing this in mind, we now see the needless destruction of our roadside native flowers by cash strapped councils and private landowners, with the inappropriate cutting of our roadside verges.

The most extreme cases are in the Farnham and Occaney areas near Knaresborough where, instead of green verges, we now have a mushy mess of dying grass and soil.

I would like to remind people that birds not only nest in hedgerows, but many summer visiting species nest on the ground and that it is illegal to destroy a bird’s nest.

The councils will argue that it is a road safety issue. Trim back some of the corners, yes, but in the Harrogate area, where are the white lines on some of the roads?

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