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Managing grassland road verges – A best practice guide


This is a practical guide on how to manage roadside grass verges for biodiversity by cutting less frequently, removing the cuttings, and leaving uncut refuges. Over time, this will reduce vegetation growth and the resulting management burden, improve the diversity of flowering plants, and usually reduce operational costs and carbon footprint. It is for use by highways managers, road engineers, operations managers, landscape architects and all those engaged with verge management and creation. It covers
those aspects previously described in the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges wildflower handbook and focuses on the management of both lowland and upland grassland verges.


Guidance type/project stage

  • Ecosystem management
  • Ecosystem restoration


  • Grassland
  • Urban

Challenges addressed

  • Biodiversity
  • Climate change mitigation

Source | Plantlife

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