Residents of Wilder Hyde, a Team Wilder community group, recognised that the mowing regimes by the council was preventing wildflowers from thriving and in turn harming pollinators.
Community group takes action:
Residents of Hyde and Abbotts Barton in Winchester had commented that they were frustrated by the council mowing. Fortunately, there were already a couple of community groups in the area whose members were very keen in taking action for nature. The groups Wilder Hyde and Abbotts Barton Community Group joined forces and got in touch with Winchester City Council, and they agreed on a pilot project to reduce their mowing regimes.
Planning the transformation:
Wilder Hyde and Abbotts Barton Community Group were fortunate to set up a great working relationship with Winchester City Council. A council ecologist visited the area and walked around listening to the community leader’s ideas and in turn the ecologist identified suitable verges for the project.