Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead


1. At 04:08 pm on 10th May rob williams wrote:

Claire, i honor your determination to get these points through. It would be great to get these points through, and ban / work around these toxic chemicals in our countryside. The farmers need to understand the effects and use less and less. Im pleased to see this.

2. At 04:35 pm on 10th May Chris Burhop wrote:

Claire this looks like an admirable ambition which I would like to support in whatever way I can. In the event that it doesn’t get the support it deserves, can we petition for something similar at EDDC too? Best of luck with it at DCC.

3. At 11:06 pm on 10th May Jenna Carpenter wrote:

These 10 intentions are achievable.  The inclusion of planting areas for wild flowers and trees on farming land is much welcomed and an excellent way forward.  No more nasty pesticides would help our struggling wildlife, insects and in turn ourselves.  I truly hope we can all pull together to achieve these aims. If only we could include the reduction of culling and eradicate illegal hunting as our wildlife really needs our help as well as ensuring the preservation of our AONB and ensuring planning frameworks properly protect our green environment.  Maybe these for the next list!  These 10 steps are an excellent start.  Planting lots of wildflowers and trees in our own gardens and allowing part of our own gardens to grow wild are immediate ways we can all contribute.  It’s exciting and heartwarming knowing we will be helping our struggling wildlife and countryside.

4. At 11:30 pm on 14th May Joan Kelly wrote:

Hi Claire, while it is admirable to try and save wildlife it’s not always in the best interests of humans. More and more people are suffering allergic reactions to wasp stings. My Daughter has nearly died twice due to wasp stings and only for the Doctors at Torbay Hospital she would have died. She can’t even have the windows open in the car in case she is stung while driving, so these verges will make it hard for people such as her to even visit the countryside. As for making them a protected species it’s laughable and many people will oppose it.
I had a wildlife patch at the bottom of my garden and I have had to cut it back and spray everything with weedkiller as I have been stung and bitten numerous times in the garden.
I don’t know about DCC planting wild flower verges they need to cut the verges before somebody is killed on the lanes.