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Protect our Cotswold roadside verges

PUBLISHED: 15:09 27 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:20 05 April 2013

Protect our Cotswold roadside verges

Protect our Cotswold roadside verges

Motorists are being urged to take extra care when driving around the Cotswolds this Easter to prevent further damage to roadside verges.

Motorists urged to drive more carefully to protect Cotswold roadside verges

Motorists are being urged to take extra care when driving around the Cotswolds this Easter to prevent further damage to roadside verges.

The combination of bad weather and vehicular damage is resulting in serious erosion of roadside verges in many parts. However with more considered driving, motorists can reduce their impact on verges and prevent further damage to these important areas.

Cotswolds Conservation Board member Richard Lloyd explains further: Roadside verges are often areas that are overlooked, however as well as being an important habitat for wildlife, verges are a characteristic element of the Cotswold landscape, often flanked by distinctive dry stone walls and hedges.

Many of our verges particularly on narrower roads suffer from the impact of vehicles, which has been exacerbated by the excessive rain and snow in recent months. With even more vehicles expected on our Cotswold roads this Easter, we want to make motorists more aware of the need to look after our verges and to slow down, take more care, particularly when passing other vehicles, and enjoy the beautiful Cotswold scenery.

For further information on the importance of roadside verges in the Cotswolds, please go to: http://www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/userfiles/file/General/MANAGEMENTOFROADSIDEVERGES.pdf

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