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Biodiversity Across Our County Borough

Biodiversity

The Council is busy with its summer grass cutting programme, while at the same time protecting its Biodiversity Grass Verges.

There are several designated Biodiversity Areas within our grass verges across the County Borough which are cut just once a year, either at the end of July or in the autumn, using specialist cut and collect machinery.

Protecting our Biodiversity Areas helps to encourage the growth of wildflowers and attracts pollination. This forms part of the Council’s commitment to tackling Climate Change and is urging all residents and businesses to support us and help us make a real difference.

Tackling Climate Change RCT 

The Council, which aims to be Carbon Neutral by 2030, has already made great progress over the last decade in its carbon reduction efforts. This includes over 100 solar panel installations as well as installing energy-efficient combined heat and power systems that generate heat and electricity simultaneously from the same energy source, installing high-efficiency boilers, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning upgrades and switching to low-energy LED lighting in buildings and streetlighting.

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment & Leisure, said: “As a Council, we remain committed to investing in our green spaces and to delivering natural carbon storage solutions such as those provided by trees, peat bogs, marshy grassland and other natural habitats across the County Borough to enhance air quality and reduce the impact of greenhouse gasses. 

“But tackling Climate Change remains a global problem and a crisis that we can all do something about, no matter how big or how small. This Council aims to make a real difference – change begins right here, with all of us.

“Every simple change that we all make today will make a big difference to our planet tomorrow. We owe it to our future generations.”

RCT Grass Cutting Schedules

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council also continues to deliver its wildflower grass management policy, with a total of 120 hectares of wildflower grassland now being managed across the County Borough - the equivalent of just over 126 Principality Stadium pitches.  It is also delivering up to eight ‘Green Roof Classrooms’ at school sites with little or no access to nature and has created a ‘Let Nature Grow’ community growing area in Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd.

Biodiversity In Rhondda Cynon Taf 

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is committed to doing its bit to tackle Climate Change – but we need your help to achieve our goals and make a difference. 

We are all in this together!

Working Towards A Greener RCT 

In recent years the Council has significantly extended the areas of wildflower grassland and grass verge management, delivered through its RCT Wildflower Grass Management Policy. There are currently around 150 sites which form part of the Council’s Wildflower Programme. 

Posted on 29/07/2022