Labour’s Hull Road councillors are considering plans to plant wildflower verges on some o the main roads running through the ward. The plans were discussed with local residents during a famly fun day at Hull Road Park last weekend.
The proposal would involve planting wildflower seeds to bring colour to road verges and potentially reduce the cost to the local taxpayer of frequent grass cutting. Described as a “river of flowers”, the initiative would mirror a scheme developed in Rotherham, which led to financial benefits for the council there.
However, the main objective of the proposal would be to improve the visual appearance and biodiversity of the area.
Hull Road Councillor Michael Pavlovic said: “We’re keen as ward councillors to both consult residents of the ward more widely and to talk with council officers to see if this idea could be progressed on Hull Road itself and Field Lane, which links Hull Road to Heslington. From the response we got on the weekend, we think it could prove very popular.
“This would build on our initiative to plant 150,000 daffodils and other bulbs in this area, which has gone down very well with residents. The great thing about this idea is it provides colour as different flowers blossom from March right through until November”.
Fellow ward councillor Aisling Musson added: “Having wildflower verges could really improve the look and feel of the area and as we know from the daffodil planting, a bit of colour really brightens the place up and brings a smile to people’s faces. We hope initially to find the political will on the council to explore this idea before fully consulting residents on what they think”.
Cllr. Pavlovic has already contacted ruling councillors to explore the idea and hopes to see council officers examine Rotherham’s example before a Hull Road ward pilot proposal can be consulted on.