Strip mowing leaves Milton Keynes on the verge of becoming a ‘jungle’

Ellie Whiteside, 10 and Louie Franklyn, 5 play dinosaurs in the uncut grass
Ellie Whiteside, 10 and Louie Franklyn, 5 play dinosaurs in the uncut grass

A ‘one metre only’ mowing policy is turning rural grass verges into Jurassic Park jungles, residents have claimed.

Council workers have been instructed to mow only the first metre of grass nearest to the highway in many non grid road areas of MK.

The remaining expanses are allowed to grow - and in some places the grass has already shot up to more than a metre tall.

“Honestly, it’s like a jungle outside my house,” said Jan Soloman, who lives on Wallingford in Bradville.

“I couldn’t believe it when the council men came and mowed a one metre strip, then left the other ten metres to grow like crazy,” she said.

A council spokesman said verges were maintained in terms of highway safety, road users’ visibility and “character of the area.”