Wildflower maintenance to boost spring blooms

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Council workers are set to begin the next stage of their planting scheme along the main roads in Rotherham.

From November 11, Rotherham Council’s Streetpride teams will cut back the remains of wildflower displays which grew on the central reservation of the dual carriageway that runs from Hellaby through to Rotherham town centre via Wickersley, Whiston and Canklow.

The teams will operate through the night to minimise disruption to traffic using the A631 and A630 – East Bawtry Road and Centenary Way - cutting back the flowers in an exercise it is hoped will result in even more displays growing next year.

Councillor Gerald Smith, cabinet member for regeneration and development at Rotherham Council, said: “It has been a hugely popular idea that has been really well received by the public.

He added other local authorities were considering copying the scheme.