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Mowing & Ditches

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Mowing Greens, Verges and Paths

We spend lot of time discussing mowing! It wasn’t difficult to decide to mow less often (in order to allow the animals and plants living on our commons to complete their life cycles), but  of course there is  also the village fete and cricket to consider, as well as people just enjoying the space.  When you mow affects different plants and animals in different ways.

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Mowing plan for Lords Hill 2024

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There is a clear obligation to keep everyone safe by maintaining  generous verges alongside the roads, and there are other areas where the grass needs to be kept short such as the playground and around benches, and providing paths across areas where the grass is now longer.

We have been building on our experience of October mowing for many of our greens and have adjusted regimes for paths and verges to enable better access and sightlines where necessary, while encouraging the spread of wildflowers where possible with the introduction of plug plants and spring bulbs (see our Wildflower Planting page)

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Mowing plans for Shamley Green Village 2024

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Click on the following for our news articles related to mowing:

Blue hearts marking wildflowers and 2 year mowing areas

Grass snake

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Ditches, Lords Hill


All of the ditches on Duck Pond Green and some of those on Lords Hill Common are now the responsibility of Wonersh Parish Council (the other Lords Hill ditches remain with Waverley Borough Council, see map).

The Parish Council organises the contractors who clear the ditches and we are keen to liaise with them on the timing of this as it affects  wildlife and may also affect our planting decisions.

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