Why are we leaving the grass to grow?

Regularly cut, closely mown grass may look tidy – but it has little benefit for wildlife. 

Changing how grass is cut and collecting the cuttings, over time, can create more native wildflower-rich meadows in amenity areas and along roadsides. This will help combat both the nature and climate emergencies by supporting wildlife, enhancing ecological connectivity, storing more carbon in our soils and building more resilience to environmental change.

Road verges or amenity grasslands may be the only regular contact some people in Wales have with nature. Having more native wildflower areas will enhance local character, visual interest and our health and wellbeing.

Changing how public authorities cut grass can help meet legal obligations under the section 6 biodiversity duty of the Environment (Wales) Act 2016.


For any further information, please contact us: 

Conservation Team
County Hall
SA61 1TP

Tel:01437 764551


Welsh Government - Road verges and amenity grasslands supporting wildlife (opens in a new tab)

ID: 10290, revised 14/06/2023