As well as improving roads, Highways England is committed to a national Biodiversity Plan which is supported by a £30 million investment programme over five years.
The wild flower scheme on the A38 was started last year when seeds from over 20 variety of flowers, including cornflowers, oxeye daisies, yellow rattle and poppies were sown over five hectares of roadside verge between Ashburton and Ivybridge, adding to the ten hectares that have recently been created along the A38 and A30 in Devon and Cornwall.
Highways England senior ecologist Leonardo Gubert said:
“This is the third wild flower scheme we have delivered in the South West and we’re delighted it’s proving so successful. The scheme will add to the diverse mosaic of habitats along the A38 and will support a number of pollinators and other invertebrates. We’re already looking forward to carrying out a full survey next year to see just how many benefits have been brought to our verges.
“We are also planning more wild flower areas and a number of schemes are being designed for verges on the M5 and M4 in the future.