At the Neyland Town Council meeting, I supported an initiative to encourage a more nature friendly mowing regime. During lockdown in April and early May, we saw some beautiful wildflowers in some of the verges, providing a lot of pleasure for people passing by as well as nectar for bees and other pollinators. Sadly, these were mown in May and since.
This is what was decided to request from Pembrokeshire County Council.
- Default mowing for Neyland to be reduced from 14 to 10 times per year.
- No mowing in May in all areas.
- Designated nature friendly areas (NFAs) to be mowed twice a year, once in September and once in late March with cuttings removed.
- Short mown paths through, or alongside NFAs to show areas are being maintained.
- An appropriate sign to be placed at NFAs
NFAs to be decided but suggestions are Honeyborough Green (paths mown through like in photos), the bank below The Promenade, Honeyborough Road, and the grassy area below Cambrian Road.