The Parks & Open Spaces Team is responsible for grass cutting of approx. 70 hectares of open space. The grass-cutting season will generally be between March and October depending on weather and ground conditions.
Rare Bee Orchids
Our Bee orchids are now just beginning to flower, with around 96 flower spikes counted on the verges along Norfolk Road and the adjoining public open spaces alone.
From the winter survey, which was carried out by The Local Ely Group of the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, this is a very good average for the species. When the orchids have flowered and set their seed, the Parks and Open Spaces team will be able to cut and collect the arisings from these protected areas.
If you spot a colony of Bee Orchids, or identify any other rare plants around the city, please report them to Dr Moore on 01353 664745.
Members of the Local Group and the Ely U3A Botany group will attend the site and confirm the identity of the plants before notifying the Open Spaces team at the Council should the area need to be protected.