1 Community road verges
Community road verges are a new classification for verges identified, and often looked after, by local communities interested in caring for pollinators.
West Sussex County Council can instruct our grass cutting contractors to mow only once or twice a year, as directed by local people, who then collect and dispose of the arisings (grass cuttings). This ensures that the soil isn’t too fertile, enabling native wildflowers to thrive. The grass will be cut at times of the year that allow wildflowers to bloom for a longer period and set seed.
These verges might not look as neat and tidy as you’re used to, but they look very attractive to pollinating insects and wildlife.
To suggest verges in your area as Community road verges, email email@example.com.
If you think there is a problem with a roadside verge, you can tell us by reporting a grass safety issue.
2 Notable road verges
Notable road verges (NRVs) are the best known verges for wildlife in the county. They’re home to a number of scarce insect and plant species and some provide spectacular wildflower displays.
Throughout West Sussex, there are 84 NRVs, that’s 51km of verge, covering an area of 293 football pitches.
West Sussex County Council (WSCC) have been monitoring these verges for nearly 50 years. Each verge has a distinctive oak marker post installed so that they receive appropriate management. We work closely with our contractors to ensure that the verges are cut at the most desirable time to allow the plants to flower and set seed.
Many of our roadside verges are all that remain of old meadows or other habitats that have now disappeared, so saving what is left is a priority for WSCC and our county’s wildlife.
To find out about NRVs in your area, email firstname.lastname@example.org.