Nature meadow destroyed

Chris Over
Chris Over

A wildflower meadow on Daventry’s iCon roundabout has been mowed down and permanently damaged after a council was pressured into tidying up the area.

After a series of complaints about the overgrown nature of the roundabout, Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) agreed to take action.

But NCC was asked to mow the periphery of the roundabout and leave the bowl untouched.

However contractors mowed the entire area, cutting down the wildflowers and irreparably damaging trees which had been donated by Danetre Rotary Club last year.

Cllr Chris Over, district councillor for the town centre said: “Having seen what has happened, it is understandable why grounds maintenance in Daventry town suffers a poor reputation.

“It is unbelievable that despite instructions to leave the central area untouched the county council’s maintenance team has completely mown the Eastern Way / iCon Roundabout.

“In doing so, it has delivered a serious setback to the developing grass and wildflower area, add to this, they ring barked the trees which is a death sentence for these trees.

“This does little to enhance our green credentials, or the reputation of those involved in grounds maintenance – as local folk have put it, a lack of attention to detail, all in too much of rush. There are many wildlife areas under threat from herbicide treatment and habitat loss and problems like this don’t help.

“It takes time to establish a meadow, it is not without cost, and requires careful management. However the benefits that accrue, not least the sight of a Red Admiral, Large Blue, Meadow Brown, a Harvest Mouse or the sound of Grass Hoppers, will surely give joy to future generations.”

The business manager of Daventry District Council, Simon Bowers, said: “We were approached by the Rotary Club last year about where the trees could be planted and, with the agreement of Northamptonshire County Council, we suggested that the Eastern Way roundabout, as a natural gateway into the town, would be good.

“It is regrettable that these trees have been damaged, however the county council has contacted us to say that they will replace them and we will be contacting the Rotary Club to discuss a future course of action for doing this.”