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Birchwood Town Council (BTC) currently works in partnership with Warrington Borough Council (WBC) by undertaking the cutting of many of the WBC owned grassed areas in Birchwood. BTC does 'additional value' mowing work, in between the cuts that WBC are scheduled to do.
BTC mows the areas where WBC has given us permission to cut; working around Birchwood – Gorse Covert, Locking Stumps, Oakwood, Heathfield and Risley Village.
This provides a high frequency of grass cutting and helps to keep the area looking tidy.
The Town Council does not cut grass on Your Housing Group or privately owned land. This work is carried out by their contractors.
In February 2021, the Town Council considered the grass cutting regime in Birchwood and the impact it has on biodiversity.
After discussing the subject with WBC, it was agreed to trial the reduced mowing of some of the larger grass verges in Birchwood. The areas selected will have at least one mower's width cut around the outside edge with the remainder being left to look more natural encouraging the spread of native wildflowers.
These areas will be left in tandem with the designated wildflower meadows that BTC currently funds each year.
The Town Council understands that there will probably be a mix of reactions to the reduction in grass cutting in these areas, but hopes that residents will understand the reasons why this is being trialled.
WBC has also implemented the cessation of mowing some other areas of Warrington, instead strip-mowing around the edges, leaving the remaining grassy area to grow wild, with the hope that natural wildflowers will self-seed and grow.
Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill