FHDC and biodiversity – our councillors are on the case

June 8, 2019

This week, four of our Green district councillors, Rebecca Shoob, John Wing, Doug Wade and Georgina Treloar, met with Folkestone & Hythe District Council’s Assistant Director for Environmental and Corporate Assets, the Engineering and Buildings Manager, and the Horticultural Manager to get a better picture of where the council is at in terms of carbon reduction and fostering biodiversity. Georgina reports:

We know we’re facing a climate and ecological emergency. Councils all around the country are facing up to the science and taking urgent measures to do their bit. Parliament has declared a climate emergency. But emergency motions aside (for now…) what’s happening on the ground at FHDC in these respects?

Some promising news is that there is a concerted effort to let green spaces grow and flourish to attract biodiversity. Talking with the Horticultural Manager reassured us that there is good work going on in the background here. Green sites, even if left to grow, still need to be managed, this requires work and resources. Examples of good biodiversity management include instances where grounds people will go in and mow/replant to encourage better flower coverage, for instance. We can also appreciate that if left, some sites attract fly tipping, so getting the balance right is important.

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