24 Jan - 23 Dec 2022
Outdoors & Nature

The Barrasford Bs

The Barrasford Bs is a “species rich grassland” trial on a road verge between the village of Barrasford and the back entrance to Barrasford quarry. The road on which the verge lies is the C216, and the grid reference is NY913736. The road verge involved is on the NE side of the road.

Delivered by Cllr Nick Morphet and The Barrasford Bs

The Barrasford Bs is a species rich grassland trial inspired by the charity Plantlife. The Bs stand for Bees, Butterflies, Beetles and Bugs – because it’s hoped that the project will benefit all of these insect types and more. The idea behind the project is to mimic traditional hay meadow management on a road verge by allowing the flowers to set seed before the verge is cut, and then raking up the clippings in order to deprive the soil of nutrients. This will suppress the commoner plants which prefer nutrient-rich soil and encourage the rarer, more delicate plants such as orchids. The plant and insect life will be surveyed annually with the help of professional botanists and entomologists – as well as local school children. It is hoped that within two or three years the road verge will look amazing and benefit biodiversity without getting too high in the summer months and affecting line of sight for motorists. This is thought to be a first for Northumberland!

For more information contact County Councillor Nick Morphet on nick.morphet@northumberland.gov.uk or 07890062879