Grass-cutting: Roe Green Park among those overrun by Brent’s new long grass policy ‘that will help bees’

Roe Green Park

Roe Green Park - Credit: Archant

Park users across Brent have found their local green spaces taken over by large swaths of knee-length, uncut grass – but the council says letting it grow will benefit bees and other wildlife in the long run.

Roe Green Park

Roe Green Park - Credit: Archant

Reports have been made about King Edward Park, Preston Park, Roe Green Park and others across Brent.

“What is going on with the non-existent cutting of the grass in Roe Green Park?” said Hiten Gorasia. “The grass is entirely overgrown – 12 to 14 inches. It’s ridiculous. How can children play and roam in the park?”

Valerie, who lives near Roe Green Park, said: “The grass has been cut in patches. You couldn’t call it a park any more.

“I’d rather pay a bit more on my council tax and have a park I can use.”

Roe Green Park

Roe Green Park - Credit: Archant

Environment chief Cllr Krupa Sheth said: “We are not advocating abandoning areas of council land but are introducing a new, less intensive form of grassland management.

“Cutting grass less in the right places will not only help counter the decline of bees – it will benefit other wildlife and people, too.”