Grassy areas around Stafford are being trialed as part of plans to tackle climate change in the borough.
Six areas of the town are being mowed less frequently to allow wildflowers to flourish, encourage bees, and remove more CO2 from the atmosphere.
Stafford Borough Council has been working with community groups and residents to identify council owned land which they are keen to protect as part of helping nature recovery.
The areas include parts of Castlefields, Rising Brook and the cemetery in the town’s Eccleshall Road.
Tackling climate change is one of the borough council’s top priorities and it is currently producing a ‘Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.’ Earlier this year they set up a Climate Change Panel from residents across the borough who are passionate about the environment.
Councillor Jonathan Price, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, said they wanted to work with the community on introducing more environmentally friendly practices where opportunities arose.
“We are heading in the right direction to being a ‘zero carbon’ authority. We have already demonstrated that we are not just talking the talk when it comes to tackling climate change. We made it a priority and we will work as quick as we can to be carbon-free from our own activities.
“It is great to have residents and community groups getting in touch with us and putting forward suggestions of how we can work together to protect our environment. It is obvious we cannot achieve our goals on our own. We need the community, businesses and organisations to contribute to our agenda - and this latest project is a great example of this collaboration in action.”
More information on the council’s climate change and green recover agenda from their website.
Press Release No 5938