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TfL says it has doubled wildflower verge areas on its London road network

Transport for London pledged last year to increase biodiversity, mitigate climate change and become more sustainable in its operations

Wildflowers, including orchids, on a road verge (credit TfL)
Wildflowers, including orchids, on a road verge (credit TfL)

Transport for London (TfL) says it has doubled the amount of wildflower verges on its road network to more than 260,000 square metres in 2024. 

The sites are managed to promote biodiversity by reducing mowing frequency to allow wildflowers to grow but TfL continues to regularly mow the edges to keep London’s streets looking well maintained.

The flowers create a supply of nectar and other food resources, plus shelter, for wildlife including bees, butterflies, birds and small mammals. Wildflower verges bring additional benefits for London’s biodiversity, including the transfer of carbon dioxide from the air into the soil and reduced carbon emissions from mowing.


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The new verges mean that there are now the equivalent of 37 football pitches of wildflower verges across the TfL road network. The introduction of new wildflower verges formed a key part of TfL’s commitment to enhance biodiversity across its estate. 

Lilli Matson, chief safety health and environment officer at TfL, said: ”We are excited to expand biodiversity in London, making the capital greener and healthier. The new wildflower verges will encourage biodiversity and make London a more liveable and nature-rich city. We will continue to work with our partners to improve our network and reduce impacts of climate change.” 

Seb Dance, deputy mayor for transport, said: “I am delighted that TfL have now delivered the equivalent of 37 football pitches of wildflower verges across London’s road network. 

“Protecting and encouraging biodiversity is essential to increasing sustainability and mitigating climate change, as we continue working together for a greener, fairer London for everyone.”


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