Landscape Management of public land

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    Tony Harris
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    Hi

    Need some examples of new cost effective ways of managing public open space such as highway verges, countryside sites and amenity areas. We are trying  to do our bit here in Dorset but welcome others.

    Thanks

    Tony

    #153461

    toby
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    Is austerity an issue ?  If so, you’re going to run up against entrenched aesthetics should you decide to let an area return to nature (abandon).  

    And likely, the trial policy that allows this new maintenance method will be revisited should the politicians begin receiving complaints from the public about how everything is now a disgrace.

    I know this as I work for a state transportation dept.

    Please give a one or two more detailed examples of the problem, along the current maintenance methods.  Also, add a google maps/earth .kml to your message so we all can explore your management area.

    #153460

    Tony Harris
    Participant

    Hi Toby

    Thanks for your interest and yes how we manage public perception is a key issue. One detailed example is the fact there is now little revenue for ongoing grass cutting in the county such as on highway verges which do need cutting especially on visibility sight lines. We are running some experiments with semi parasitic wildflowers which we hope will reduce the fertility of the grasses and add some biodiversity benefits. We are also hoping the find funds to trial topsoil removal down to mineral subsoil/rock. The area we cover is the whole of the county of Dorset. The link below goes to our interactive map of the county which I hope helps give you an idea of our area.

    Regards 

     http://mapping.dorsetforyou.com/landscape/map?layers=511   

    #153459

    toby
    Participant

    Funny thing about money.  The politicians have it for things they want, but never seem interested in continuing the funding for things already bought.  New = sexy.

    The trial to remove topsoil should be interesting.  You may find an increase in erosion at the edges of the removal area brings about a different type of maintenance work that ultimately has no cost savings.

    Has tilling the edges been considered?  A roller followup would be necessary, but the vegetation regrowth would be slowed considerably.  Erosion would also need to be monitored.

    Herbicide use would just be a shift in costs from labor, but with the added benefit of public ire !!

    Roadside maintenance is always difficult since safety of the traveling public is number one.  Maybe you could engrave it on a hammer and present it to those instituting the cuts.

    #153458

    Barbara Peterson
    Participant

    Sheep or goats?

    #153457

    Tony Harris
    Participant

    Barbara

    Yes very interesting idea and a great way to ‘eat the view’ if we add in the benefits of supporting local food markets and understanding where our food comes from.

    Thanks

      

    #153456

    Tony Harris
    Participant

    Like the idea in the last sentence…this would be very tempting sometimes!!

    #153455

    Goustan BODIN
    Participant

    Police headquarters at Bievres (Essonne), near Paris, use goats rather than hippies to chew their grass. Following article is in french, but I’m sure you can find similar practices info in english through a quick search.

    http://www.20minutes.fr/planete/766104-prefecture-police-paris-empl

    Here, video of 4 sheep arriving to rule their new 2,000sqm turf, in Paris as well.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MS83lzLuA8

    They say they will extend this scheme to other areas as well, but do not give further details.

    I’m sure England has plenty of similar experiences as well, could be more seductive to convince your folks back home…

    #153454

    Tony Harris
    Participant

    Great to see other people in Europe trying this out and this will encourage me in my efforts to persuade the decision makers

    Thanks 

    #153453

    Henry Fenby-Taylor
    Participant

    Incredible Edible. Giving ownership to local enthusiasts. Provides a bunch of benefits.

    http://incredibleediblenetwork.org.uk/

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