‘Unsightly’ long grass in Woodford Green is ‘wildlife habitat’ for Epping Forest

PUBLISHED: 10:12 09 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:12 09 July 2013

“Unsightly” long grass in Woodford Green is being maintained as a wildlife habit, according to the City of London Corporation.

Residents and businesses have complained about the height of grass along High Road, Woodford Green, which has not been cut for months in parts.

Tan Dhillon, owner of the Village Bookshop, said: “Customers are saying it’s overgrown and their kids can’t play in it. It doesn’t look very sightly.”

The green areas are part of Epping Forest, which is run by the City of London.

Superintendent Paul Thompson said the forest’s grasslands are managed to mimic traditional hay cutting.

He added: “Wildflowers are allowed to grow and set seed, and the insects that depend on them have the chance to live through their lifecycle.

“Around midsummer we cut the grass and remove all the hay, which is used by a local farmer to produce organic compost for use on his land.

“We have been made aware of local people’s wishes to see more areas of shorter grass and we are working on plans for 2014.”

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