Jarrow estate’s wildflower meadow gets the chop

SEW GOOD ... Couns Geraldine Kilgour and Alan Smith celebrate the news that the Fellgate wildflower meadow is to be cut.

SEW GOOD ... Couns Geraldine Kilgour and Alan Smith celebrate the news that the Fellgate wildflower meadow is to be cut.

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THE future of a cost-saving grass-cutting strategy in South Tyneside is in doubt today after councillors on an estate in the borough forced a dramatic U-turn.

The council has adopted a policy of creating wildflower meadows in the borough – saving up to £300,000 a year on its annual maintenance and grass-cutting bill and creating wildlife-friendly grassland.

But the project has raised the hackles of some residents, and after protests, the council has agreed to make a U-turn on the policy on the Fellgate and Hedworth estate in Jarrow.

 

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