By the time you read this piece, with any luck the stands of wild flowers in your local hedgerows will have set seed and germinated, ensuring next year’s nectar-rich blooms – but not if your local council has anything to do with it, because across the country, councils are being accused of wantonly destroying precious wildlife habitat through their verge-mowing regimes.

Indeed, I’ve just returned to my desk having run down the road and stood on the verge in the path of a massive tractor and mower as the driver was about to shave the ramsons, red campions, foxgloves, buttercups and the last of ...


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