Motorists urged to drive more carefully to protect Cotswold roadside verges

Motorists are being urged to take extra care when driving around the Cotswolds this Easter to prevent further damage to roadside verges.

The combination of bad weather and vehicular damage is resulting in serious erosion of roadside verges in many parts. However with more considered driving, motorists can reduce their impact on verges and prevent further damage to these important areas.

Cotswolds Conservation Board member Richard Lloyd explains further:

Roadside verges are often areas that are overlooked, however as well as being an important habitat for wildlife, verges are a characteristic element of the Cotswold landscape, often flanked by distinctive dry stone walls and hedges.

Many of our verges particularly on narrower roads suffer from the impact of vehicles, which has been exacerbated by the excessive rain and snow in recent months. With even more vehicles expected on our Cotswold roads this Easter, we want to make motorists more aware of the need to look after our verges and to slow down, take more care, particularly when passing other vehicles, and enjoy the beautiful Cotswold scenery.

For further information on the importance of roadside verges in the Cotswolds, please go to: www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/userfiles/file/General/MANAGEMENTOFROADSIDEVERGES.pdf

Photos attached:

Picture 1 shows a damaged roadside caused by vehicles.
Picture 2 shows a flourishing roadside verge near Bibury.

Notes to editors:

  • The Cotswolds was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966 in recognition of its rich, diverse and high quality landscape.
  • The Cotswolds AONB is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation established in 2004 which has 37 members - 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by the Secretary of State.
  • The Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park and represents 10% of the total AONB area in the UK. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), along with National Parks, are considered to be the most special landscapes in the country and belong to an international family of protected areas. There are 38 AONBs in England and Wales, and a further eight in Northern Ireland. For further details, visit: www.landscapesforlife.org.uk