At the Neyland Town Council meeting, councillors supported an initiative to encourage a more nature friendly mowing regime. During lockdown in April and early May, we saw some beautiful wildflowers in some of the verges, providing a lot of pleasure for people passing by as well as nectar for bees and other pollinators. Sadly, these were mown in May and since.
This is what was decided to request from Pembrokeshire County Council.
Default mowing for Neyland to be reduced from 14 to 10 times per year.
No mowing in May in all areas.
Designated nature friendly areas (NFAs) to be mowed twice a year, once in September and once in late March with cuttings removed.
Short mown paths through, or alongside NFAs to show areas are being maintained.
An appropriate sign to be placed at NFAs
NFAs to be decided but suggestions are Honeyborough Green (paths mown through like in photos), the bank below The Promenade, Honeyborough Road, and the grassy area below Cambrian Road.
We welcome comments from the community and suggestions of suitable sites.
The front of Neyland school now has a bee-friendly area, with seeds paid for by the COOP, and the work done by Neyland and District Environment Enthusiasts. The children from the eco-committee designed posters to mark the area. The winner received a home-made bee hotel (made by Councillor Pollard-Powell) and £5 voucher donated by the COOP and all of them received £5 for their effort. The pictures were laminated and fixed to stakes by the mayor, Councillor McGarvie and hammered in by Councillor Pollard-Powell. The bee area is a work in progress. It currently has a lot of clover, which is loved by many bees.
Neyland Town Council has committed to the Bee friendly Scheme and is providing a FREE wildflower seed and bee ID pack to gardeners in Neyland. Supplies are limited and are on a first come first served basis. Please collect from Snack Shack or from the Town council offices in High St. We will be giving a trophy to the best wild flower display from the pack. The packs are for a 5m x 1m border (approx 16ft x 3ft.) Also included is an easy bumblebee ID sheet suitable for all ages.
Neyland town council has had the top area of Neyland vale cleared so that is is once again the beautiful area it was, where people can walk and sit in clean and tidy surroundings. Neyland Vale is one of the prettiest areas of Neyland and it has been left to become overgrown and unsightly for many years. Now, however Neyland Town Council members have decided that Neyland can be improved by clearing and tidying the areas of town that have been left for too long. This area of town now looks amazing so take a walk down from Honeyborough Green and enjoy the beauty of this area. The before and after pictures demonstrate how bad it was and how much better it is now. Plans are in place to keep this area mowed and to plant some trees to make it look even better.
Special mention to Councillor Gareth Lawlor for his good work on this project.