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Luton Borough Council

04/03/2020 - Plans to ‘re-wild’ parts of the town will encourage biodiversity in Luton

The council is piloting a new programme which increases biodiversity by encouraging a more natural development of native wildflowers and habitats.

It is anticipated that grass cutting will commence in early March as usual and will take place on average every four weeks during the period March to November. Where the grass is growing faster it may be a little more often.

However, the council has also looked at areas where grass cutting can be reduced further as part of a re-wilding programme. These areas are mostly in parks and open spaces where a less rigid mowing regime is considered more appropriate, and mainly in areas where it has been identified that the grass is species rich and will be beneficial to the local ecosystem. 

‘Re-wilding’ allows nature to take care of itself. It reinstates natural processes and sometimes missing species – creating new, rich habitats to support local wildlife and help to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Cllr Khtija Malik portfolio holder responsible for parks said, “Grass cutting will be relaxed near native hedgerows and street trees and areas of the town where a more rural maintenance programme is suitable. Not only will this encourage biodiversity it will also mean less emissions from vehicles and machinery.
“These changes to mowing and cutting regimes will breathe life into the natural landscape. However, rather than letting nature take over completely, we still aim to cut some of these areas on an annual basis to prevent causing us maintenance problems in the future”.

Areas that will be part of the programme include; Stockwood Park, Popes Meadow/Peoples Park as well as Leagrave Park,Sundon Park Rd, Ashcroft Park, Memorial Park, Lewsey Park, Brammingham Road, Waluds Bank Drive and Whipperly Way.
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