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A LOCAL resident has criticised the use of weedkiller at the playing field next to the Forest & Sandridge school.
Sue Tweedie says that wildflowers and other plants at the Cranesbill Road play area and playing field, have been ‘destroyed’ by chemicals used by GreenSquare, the company that manages green spaces on the east of Melksham estate, on behalf of a consortium of housing developers.
“The chemical used is definitely damaging to wildflowers and invertebrates,” she said. “All of the clover, which insects feed on, has been killed off. At a time like this when we are being warned about the loss of 90% of the UK’s wildflower meadows, and the decline in the number of insects, more should be done to encourage areas that are wildflower and insect fiendly. The statistics are horrifying!
“The playing field is a barren space, and I hardly ever see it being used – it could be put to much better use. And it is not an expensive solution. Companies like GreenSquare could lead the way on initiatives like this, rather than conform to ‘guidelines’ – they need to act now.
“I remember as a kid, growing up in Melksham, you could pick flowers in areas across the town. Now, as a grandmother, I worry for the future if nothing is done.”
In response to Sue’s concerns Andrew Rossiter, group estates manager for GreenSquare said, “We aim to provide clean, safe and green open spaces and our weed control measures are carried out according to strict guidelines and in line with relevant legislation.
“The chemical used is an approved product that is of a very low toxicity level and causes no harm to animals or humans. It is also designed to promote grass growth at the same time.
“Although we do encourage and promote wildflower areas, the Cranesbill play area is not one of these.”