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More Wildlife Thanks To Council's New Approach

Thursday August 22 2013

Littleworth Lane, Monk Bretton Littleworth Lane, Monk Bretton

NATURE lovers in Barnsley can expect to see a few more kestrels, hedgehogs, voles, butterflies and grasshoppers which are thriving from a new approach to grass cutting in the area.

Selected areas of grass on some informal parkland locations maintained by Barnsley Council are being allowed to grow longer between cuts to increase the abundance of native wildlife.

The Dearne Valley Green Heart (DVGH) area was chosen by the government in 2012 as one of the 12 English national Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs) to run as three-year pilot areas. This project has been supported by Defra, DCLG, the Environment Agency, the Forestry Commission and Natural England.

Cabinet spokesperson for Development, Environment and Culture, Cllr Roy Miller, said: "This work is great news for native wildlife and local people in our part of the valley. It supports the great work of our partners who are creating new nature reserves and improving farmland."

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Reply Posted by Sami on Thursday August 22 2013 at 16:52
Absolute tosh!!! The one they have left to grow at the side of Edmunds at Worsbrough Dale is an eye sore, our kids used to play sports on that field for hours in the holidays and now they just play in the street since this overgrown mess was left.

Reply Posted by Gypsum Fantastic on Thursday August 22 2013 at 16:57
I was wondering how you lot were going to find something to whine about with this one.

Reply Posted by doglady on Thursday August 22 2013 at 17:05
I agree Gypsum Fantastic,...I wonder if Sami would perhap,s introduce her children and teach them the ensuing beauty of nature,....I am all for embracing it :-)

Reply Posted by ????? on Thursday August 22 2013 at 18:33
I love wildlife and nature but the councill are just trying to save money as the local feild were kids used to play football and people walked there dogs is now a overgrown mess

Reply Posted by garry youel on Thursday August 22 2013 at 19:17
The dearne valley park looks a right mess, its all trampled down now and looks exactly what it is.....unkept....1

Reply Posted by ???????? on Thursday August 22 2013 at 20:03
Its just a load of bull to save money how stupid do the think we are to swallow this stupid story about nature

Reply Posted by Joanne on Thursday August 22 2013 at 22:20
Why don't you all go get a life instead of moaning about nothing.

Reply Posted by A Nonnie Mouse on Friday August 23 2013 at 10:59
You're the one moaning about people commenting Joanne - people are entitled to an opinion and free speech lets them voice it, if you don't like it.... don't read it.

Reply Posted by sid on Thursday August 22 2013 at 22:47
I like it left to wildlife. But,wildlife,not dumping grounds full of dog crap. It will need monitoring, but yes,keep our wildlife going. Iv noticed more butterflies this year,after the last couple of soggy summers and its been lovely to see them. Years ago the councils didn't cut and spray like today and nobody minded then. The worst thing these days is rubbish,takeaway cartons,carriers,crisp bags etc.if we all cared about these things our streets would look lots better. Yet again,lazy sods expecting the council to wipe their noses. Can't complain about the overgrown grass and hedges,when rubbish is the main problem.....just saying.

Reply Posted by dedatodd on Friday August 23 2013 at 09:56
Whatever the reason for this decision (money saving / wildlife) I for one think its a great idea. However if the council could ensure 'all' footpaths are clear that would be nice.
Also if some of the monies saved could be used to start 'clean up' programmes it would be even better, most areas from a distance / certain view look wonderful and idyllic (photograph above as an example) but when you start looking a little closer the areas are eye sores. From household waste, dog faeces and litter its a blight on the landscape.

Reply Posted by A Nonnie Mouse on Friday August 23 2013 at 11:03
You are spot on, leaving for wildlife and saving money are both great ideas so long as they are monitored and still maintained.
There are plenty of people on community service orders who could get out there and pick up the dog mess and litter/repair fences or walls and remove graffiti etc.
Please Barnsley Council, get your finger out and do things properly instead of half baked. Spending £500 monitoring/maintaining instead of £1000 on doing is still a saving!!!

Reply Posted by Swampy on Friday August 23 2013 at 16:26
Them on community service should bi pickin up dog shite anyway!

Reply Posted by sid on Friday August 23 2013 at 11:22
You gorrit Mousey. That's the perfect solution. It's a win win,to include community service ....brilliant. It might make them get used to the work ethic, and take some interest in our towns. With the added bonus of our countryside thriving again. Like her thinking. Write to the council.

Reply Posted by rick on Saturday August 24 2013 at 00:34
You don't get a knighthood without being able to bullshit, because that's what this is about. We have plenty green areas that wildlife will thrive in this is the council trying to be clever, why not be honest and say they need to save money.

Reply Posted by Scott Skirrow on Sunday August 25 2013 at 16:38
I think this is such a good idea, I've left my back garden to grow the same way. Just waiting for the do-gooders from Barnsley Council ti come knocking at my door telling me to get it tidied up.

Reply Posted by angie on Sunday August 25 2013 at 17:21
its a load of bull to try in save money but if we let our garden grow like that the councle r streight on our back i could not do garden a few years ago over summer as i had had a major operation n the councle sent letters thretnin to send somone to do at and bill me for it

Reply Posted by fhvgff on Sunday August 25 2013 at 17:34
have ya tryed goin for a walk round res or near mill this year its that overgrown its hard to get round without gettin stung by nettles or ragged by bushes its about time thay got it sorted there is all them people on dole get them out to cut hedges n grass its about time thay did somthing for there money

Reply Posted by Dannyboy on Sunday August 25 2013 at 18:01
It costs about the same to cut long grass with a flail as it does several times with a mower so the council are not likely to save money, this is part of the Nature Improvement Area programme and its brilliant, connecting patches of biodiversity with corridors. People are so used to sterile short grass and are so disparate from nature these days. Some moron was complaining about mice and voles in a similar thread, well they're native grassland mammals the fools! If its full if dog crap then your beast is with irresponsible dog owners. Lets not forget that nature is very thing that feeds waters and protects us, we owe it!

Reply Posted by Sami on Sunday August 25 2013 at 19:04
My children know about and see plenty of wildlife thank you very much!! There are numerous wildlife parks and trails that are available around the borough without letting fields over grow. I am more worried about the lack of playing space for my children and their friends as it seems if the council don't want to build on it they're not bothered about it. The government moan about children not being active enough but fail to make councils look after playgrounds and playing fields across the country.

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