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Wednesday, 17 June 2009

17/6/09: No heart, no soul - over-mown again

OK, so there was nothing exceptional about the grassy areas either side of the junction of Hurst Road and Avenue Road, Northumberland Heath.

But here we see a Poppy, Papaver (probably rhoeas), on 4th June, all set to produce a nice show of flowers:

And here we are on 17th June with the whole lot unimaginatively mown to the ground in typical Council/railway company/utility style

including the Poppy

which was in any case right at the margin of the site, hard up against a garden fence. Was it really necessary to be this zealous about chopping everything down? I don't think so.

Have a heart. Have a soul. Ditch this warped obsession with 'tidiness' and let some wild flowers do their stuff in otherwise dull and uninspiring corners of Bexley Borough. It's not as if there aren't a host of productive things contractors could be being paid to do instead that would improve other aspects of the local environment.

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