Native wildflowers face extinction, Dymock campaigners warn

By Carmelo Garcia in Environment

ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners in the Golden Triangle have echoed fears that some of Britain’s rarest plants face extinction and have stressed the importance that highways verges, public spaces and churchyards are for their conservation.

The area, nationally renowned for its wild daffodils, includes some of the country’s rarest plants such as the tower mustard (Turritis glabra) which nearly half of its remaining 30 sites are found on road verges such as the M50 near Bromsberrow.

The Windcross Paths Group national trails - the Daffodil Way and the Poets Paths have for 30 years maintained the wildlife corridors, along which these wildflower communities have been permitted to maintain their ecological continuity.

Chris Bligh, a spokesman for the group, said: “These areas are so important for wild species.

“The parish councils in the Golden Triangle had a go at maintaining the verges as we have the rarest wild flowers in grassland.”

“You see bluebells, daffodils, cowslips, the daffodils, and the bluebells are just now very good season.

“These are species that don’t travel very fast. What’s so amazing about the hedgerows is they’ve been there for hundreds of years.

“Local groups of cyclists and heritage all coordinating and looking after the paths to allow the slow moving species to be linked together. The richness of the flora.

“And this also contributes to the welfare of humans too who benefit form the natural environment.”

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