Carmarthenshire’s grass cutters are out in force this week as they begin their annual roadside grass cutting operations.

As well as safeguarding the highway, the crew will also be preserving important areas of biodiversity by only cutting in one metre swathes.

Certain verges will be left until later in the year allowing flowers to set seed before being cut while some will roadside areas will be left untouched to support local wildlife and pollinating insects.

The council has confirmed that cuts will only be taken if there are health and safety concerns, particularly in 30-40mph areas in towns and villages and landowners are reminded that hedges and boundary trees remain the responsibility of the adjacent landowners.

“These operations have been carefully developed to safeguard the highway and preserve important areas of habitat,” commented Cllr Edward Thomas.

“We have a responsibility to maintain road safety for all users, ensure visibility, provide areas for pedestrians to step off the carriageway if there are no footways and to stop unwanted species establishing. But we only cut the minimum required.”

Pollinating insects are essential for the maintenance of ecosystems through pollination of the wild plants which form the basis of most habitats. They also play an important role in the production of many crops.

The council works to conserve and enhance biodiversity and has a range of projects to support local species and habitats.

Managing areas for wildlife can provide opportunities for individuals, community groups and schools to get involved, benefiting wildlife and people.

Further information and ideas on ways to support local conservation can be found on the council’s Biodiversity pages.

For more info on the council’s grass verge cutting visit Carmarthenshire County Council’s FAQs section on the council website