Dandelion clocks at dusk as I walked home last night
And the same patch as I walked to the studio this morning
Perceptions of, and relationships with, plants differ.
Can we think differently about ‘weeds’, landscape management, the ‘need’ to tidy?
Even in January there were many small plants growing in gaps between tarmac, concrete and brick in the back street behind home.
Patches of green, of visual interest; habitat for wildlife at a scale we might not notice
Recently the street appears to have been sprayed with herbicides
Edges sprayed with herbicides have become increasingly commonplace over recent weeks. For now, at least, this strip has escaped the mower.
From the start of lockdown and the gym closing litter accumulated on this kerb side green strip. Recently the grass was cut – shredding and spreading the litter; this was left on site.
Many common wildflowers & some garden escapes grow here
Are there alternatives to spraying with herbicides?
Do verges need to be constantly close cropped?
Can we see start to see plants that are often dismissed as ‘weeds’ differently?
There are some great people and organisations interested in how we can make the most of our in-between & edges green spaces, however small they may be.
“More Than Weeds is a project aimed at changing our perception of urban plants growing on walls, pavement or tree pits.” You can find More Than Weeds on Twitter here.
Plantlife is Europe’s largest conservation charity dedicated to wildflowers and other flora. Here’s a link to their publication ‘Road Verges: last refuge for some of our rarest wild plants’. You confined Plantlife on Twitter here.
Following @morethanweeds & @Love_plants is a good starting point