Green Steps in Manningtree!
Manningtree Town Councillors have voted unanimously to suspend the twice-yearly street spraying of the herbicide glyphosate for a trial period of three months.
The decision was based on growing concerns about the herbicide's possible effects on humans, animals and the environment. Councillors are keen to make Manningtree a greener place and to increase biodiversity at this time of increasing awareness of environmental issues. The trial will be reviewed in October.
Councillors Sharon Barker and Ben Brown explained that Manningtree already has volunteers who quietly work away in the background to keep our town a pleasant place to live in, and that others have shown themselves willing to swell their ranks. As the town covers such a small area, it is an ideal place to implement selective hand weeding as a viable, non-chemical alternative to the blanket spraying of
herbicide in our streets. More volunteers are welcome to join the team and anyone interested in helping out should contact either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for details.
The two councillors expressed the view that we are so lucky to live in an area as outstandingly beautiful as Manningtree. During the Covid-19 crisis, the importance of our local environment and our need for nature has become increasingly obvious. With this in mind, the council is also looking into changing the management of some of the small green spaces in the town. By growing patches of appropriate wild
flowers and changing some mowing schedules, it would be possible to add interest to our surroundings for all to enjoy, and at the same time, increase our insect population. This, in turn, would support wildlife higher up the food chain such as birds, including our iconic swifts, which need all the help we can offer. If anyone
would like to comment or nominate an area within Manningtree for consideration, again, please contact either of the councillors whose details are given above.