Urban meadows in Upminster and Cranham
Havering Council have announced that they are to create urban meadows in various grass verges and parts of some open spaces across the borough. This is as a result of many councils, including Havering, stopping grass cutting for much of last summer due to the pandemic, and it being found that this encouraged wild plants and insects to thrive.
The council have identified seventeen areas, including Hall Lane (north of the junction with Avon Road) and the grassed verges in Litchfield Terrace and Westbury Terrace in Upminster. These areas will now have reduced grass cutting, to allow them to grow naturally.
Upminster and Cranham Residents’ Association councillors broadly welcome the idea in principle but will monitor the individual areas and listen to residents comments, to see whether they should be retained in the long-term. In particular, it is important to ensure that the extra growth will not adversely affect road and/or pedestrian safety in the areas concerned.