One of the first “On the Verge” actions was to set up some pilot “Nature streets” in Seaford. Nature streets are a Sussex Wildlife Trust initiative, to encourage neighbours to work together to improve biodiversity in their street, and encourage more wildlife.
Enthusiastic local residents were keen for the first ones to be Saltwood Road, and nearby Millberg Road. The verges here had already had been planted with trees, by our partner group “Trees for Seaford”, who regularly check the health and progress of the trees. This year the verges have been left uncut, so that wild flowers can flourish. In October local residents were recently involved with raking grass cuttings away and planting yellow rattle (which weakens the grass and increases the number of wild flowers in the verges) and planting bulbs which provide nectar for bees early in the year.
Our other “Nature Street” was private unmade road Maurice Road which has a path at the end directly onto Seaford Head nature reserve. Here local residents asked neighbours to leave their verges unmown for the Summer and then carried out a very detailed and enlightening verge survey. They have also drafted new leaflets and their newly formed “botany” group now has plans to try and get neighbouring streets on board too. This is exactly the sort of community led action, that “On the Verge” want to encourage and support!
We plan to extend the pilot schemes in coming years – could your street be our next Nature Street?
If you’d like support in rewilding your green space or garden, please feel free to get in touch. We also encourage everyone who has their own wildlife friendly garden in Seaford to pledge their ‘metre square for wildlife’ on the SEA website. This initiative means that we have a growing map on the website highlighting all these wildlife hotspots, which are rapidly joining up into green corridors for wildlife.
Can you help by talking to your neighbours about verges and growing wildlife friendly plants in your garden? This year Seaford residents have pledged over 9000 square metres of their gardens to be wildlife friendly!
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