The verge at Betton is part of a RIG site for its geological interest. The verges also have considerable botanic interest with both Pyramidal and Bee orchid populations as well as other chalk flora. There is some current management of the grassland on the south side of the road but none on the north where the grassland is becoming very rank and hawthorn and catoneaster are invading. We believe that most of the orchids and best of the flora is on the north side of the verge rather than the south side. Discussions with the Parish council have been very positive re modifying the management but there appears to be little formal information to base any decisions on about where and when to cut etc:.
The proposal is that SFNS carryout a botanical survey of the verges in early summer plotting the areas of greatest botanical interest to allow meaningful discussions on future management to take place. Keep on the web site or your e-mails for a date when this will take place if you are interested in taking part.