LETTER: Verges are amazing habitats

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Regarding the letter in last week’s Mid Sussex Times where the correspondent wishes the verges were neater.

The road side verges are a really amazing habitat.

Their biodiversity potential for bees and other insects under threat from the loss of habitat is immeasurable. For example Ox- eye daisy, bird foot trefoil, yarrow, buttercup to name but four and numerous species of grass grow along Kingsway in Burgess Hill. Sadly these are often cut just as they reach their peak and before seed has set. Plantlife are currently running a petition to draw the attention of council to the richness of our verges. So instead of bemoaning the untidiness of them, let us celebrate and protect these oasis in our growing towns.

Pearl Carter

Manor Road, Burgess Hill

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