Urban meadow trial to reach new sites
A more environmentally friendly way of managing grasslands introduced to parts of Rugby last year has seen significant improvements for wildlife and is to be extended to more parts of Rugby.
Urban meadows that were created in Rugby last year saw new species of plants, moths, butterflies and dragonflies on the sites for the first time, and now the council is to create urban meadows in other areas of the town.
Cllr Lisa Parker, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for the environment and public realm, said: “While regularly mowed areas of short grass are appropriate for roadside verges and parks, longer grass and meadow areas are better for the environment and support wildlife.
“On some of the sites we will leave longer grass around the edge of the site, while at other sites we will create larger grassland meadows with pathways cut through to follow footpaths and desire lines.
“We hope that this new approach will help support wildlife such as insects, bees and hedgehogs, many of which have had a hard time in our towns and cities in recent years.”
The urban meadows will be created on parts of sites at:
- Apple Grove Open Space
- Avon Mill Recreation Ground (banks)
- Boughton Road (including Flood basin)
- Eden Road
- Hillmorton Recreation Ground
- Yates Ave/Fosterd Road
- Rokeby Open Space
- Shakespeare Gardens
- Dunchurch Road/Kingsway
- The Heath, Dunchurch
- Newbold Recreation Ground
An interim survey at one of the trial sites found the following species already becoming established: Meadow Vetchling, Tares, Sow-thistles, Prickly Lettuce, Meadow-sweet, Greater Burnet, Common Knapweed, Small Skipper, Marbled White, Burnet Moth, Meadow Browns, Ringlets, and Hawker dragonfly.