WORK has started on cutting more than 6,000km of grass verges adjacent to the main highways in the rural and inter urban areas of Carmarthenshire.

Highway officers carefully monitor the growth of vegetation on these highway verges around the county to ensure the verges are cut at the optimum time for safety and conservation reasons.

One cut is carried out annually by the local authority, although in some areas a second cut may be needed later in the season, depending on the weather and growing conditions.

Motorists are being urged to be mindful whilst the grass cutting work takes place and to take particular care when passing cutting operations.

The County Council’s cutting operation is designed to continue to support role of highway verges as important networks for nature conservation. The roadside verges provide a rich and varied wildlife habitat offering shelter, a supply of food and corridors along which wildlife can travel.

Executive Board Member with responsibility for environment, Cllr Hazel Evans said: “The cutting of some verges may be delayed in the interests of conservation as long as highway safety is not jeopardised. These ‘late cut’ verge areas where clearly identified and marked will not be cut.”

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