Yellow Rattle on highways project

Yellow Rattle is a native wildflower that helps to suppress grass growth by tapping into the grass roots and stealing nutrients and water.  This has a positive impact on the growth of delicate wildflowers which would otherwise be smothered by the grasses.  With our solution based approach Ecoscope Ltd. had been involved in establishing yellow rattle on a number of highway verges. The benefits are two fold. As the grass growth is suppressed there is a reduced requirement for highway verge cutting meaning less disruption, less fuel and less cost.  In addition the presence of Yellow Rattle and the associated increase in botanical diversity is good news for our declining pollinators and wildflower conservation.  See below for a photograph of a trial introduction plot.

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