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Grasslands consultation

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Managing Fife’s grassland

Let's talk...about how we manage our grasslands and landscape. We want your views about how the grassland in your community should be managed.

Why should we change the way we manage our grasslands?

We are proposing to change the way we manage 10% of the grassland maintained by the Council.  We want to help breathe new life into some of our grasslands and create more natural landscapes. We can also help meet our targets to cut CO2 emissions by at least 40% compared to the1990 baseline level, by 2030. The CO2 emissions that we could save are equivalent to 1,124 car journeys from Kincardine to St Andrews every year.

We know the UK has lost 97% of its flower-rich grassland over the past 70 years. This has resulted in a drastic decline of around two thirds of pollinating insects. Fife is the most heavily cultivated region in Scotland so we can make a difference and give our wildlife more of a chance by changing the way we manage our urban green spaces, This is a great opportunity to counter act these declines with your involvement and with your local community.

What are the benefits?

If we reduce intensive grass cutting, we can reduce our carbon emissions by 10%. We can provide more diverse spaces where people and communities can connect with nature, improving our health and wellbeing. We can increase biodiversity by creating healthy habitats for birds, insects and small mammals.

How will the grasslands be managed differently?

The seasonal management of the grasslands will change from intensive grass cutting over the summer months to the steps set out below:

  1. Grass will be allowed to grow throughout the spring and summer
  2. Wild flowers will emerge and habitats created for wildlife
  3. The flowers and grass will provide food and shelter for small mammals such as hedgehogs and bats, birds, amphibians and insects
  4. Paths will be cut through the grass in suitable places for people to enjoy walking, exercise and nature which improves mental health and quality of life.
  5. In Sept/Oct the grass will be cut and left for 2-3 weeks to allow the seed to disperse ready for the next year
  6. The grass will then be lifted and baled to remove it as a source of fertility (wildflowers thrive in less fertile conditions) and to keep the area looking tidy
  7. The harvested grass will then be used for feeding animals, composting and possible conversion to fuel.

We want to hear your views about changes that could be made in your community.

From 16 November 2020 until 31 December 2020, you can take part in our discussion on the future of maintained grasslands.

The strategy and maps showing our proposals for each town and village can be downloaded from the links below:

You can share your views through the online survey - click on the arrow in the blue box below.

Or you can phone 01592 583469 to request an information pack and feedback form.

A report collating the feedback from Fife’s communities will inform how the new grasslands management proposals will be implemented.

You can also take part in an open discussion on Let's Talk about Our Fife between 16 November and 31 December.
Visit: https://fif.communitychoices.scot/legislation/processes/10/debate

Let's talk...about managing grasslands - go to feedback form