Could road verges help us in the climate and nature crisis?

Valuable Verges Zoom Forum on 12 May at 7pm

Across England roadside verges and small green spaces are being transformed to help reverse wildlife decline and are now refuges for almost half of the wild plants in the UK, home to more than 700 species of wildflowers, including threatened and rare plants.

Join the Petersfield Society’s Valuable Verges Zoom Forum on 12 May at 7pm to find out how we could manage the 110 hectares of roadside verge in East Hampshire, including Petersfield’s verges, to help reverse the catastrophic decline in insects, especially pollinators.

Our speakers are Dr. Kate Petty (Plantlife – No Mow May), Rick Smith, Principal Ecologist, Winchester City Council and Christopher Slack, Biodiversity Officer, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. They will inspire us with verge & green space projects that respond to the climate & nature crisis.

During our Forum we will hear how roadside verges and green spaces in Petersfield can help restore nature and benefit people. It may be that walking alongside a verge is the only time some of us connect with nature.

We welcome everyone in and around Petersfield who looks after, or would like to look after, a green space, or is concerned about biodiversity. We also want to hear your views – there will be plenty of time for questions and comments.

The event is free, though donations to the Petersfield Society will be welcome.

Further reading

If you are interested in Valuable Verges you may also find the following links interesting:

An introduction to Plantlife

News from the verge –the Road Verge Campaign Newsletter

Cut less, cut later – the transformative national road verge guidelines