Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The road to work

My place of work relocated to my home town towards the end of last year, I kind of miss the commute across Leeds some days, mostly because it was a guaranteed time every day I got chance to read!

But now I walk to work and when it's not raining it's quite a nice journey. The road that leads down to my workplace is mostly a private one and quite leafy and you can almost imagine briefly that you're not actually on your way to work at all!

It's wonderful for the wildlife, over the months i've seen Jays, Blue & Great Tits, Blackbirds, Mistle and Song Thrush, Wrens, Robins, Woodpigeons, Collared Doves, Goldfinch, squirrels and plenty of butterflies. Just before you turn on to the road there are Swallows and House Martins flying overhead, they nest in the farm buildings over the road. There is also a Red Kite that has taken to hanging around.

Unfortunately earlier in the summer there was a bit of a to do with the residents over the trimming back of the plants along the road as it was thriving with nettles and beautiful wild flowers. Some were trimmed and just this past couple of weeks someone went overboard and cut everything back, unnecessarily so. In fact when I left work tonight this person had put up signs advising some strong weed killer had been put down, i'm not sure why they've decided to destroy things in this way but i've decided to blog about it and see how things survive (or not) over the coming months.

These are some of the flowers that (so far) have escaped the cutting back.

A few other shots of the road and the last one is the view from the fire escape from my office.


  1. This is such a shame they have cut it back, but to go ahead and use weed killer as well !! I had hoped most people would understand the importance of the wild flowers grasses and even nettles for butterflies, insects and birds as well as providing cover for small mammals. The best thing would have been getting a balance were every one was happy, which is not a easy task. Plants are quite resilient and should be back next year, it will be interesting to watch their progress...
    Amanda xx

    1. That's the annoying thing, the residents had been trying to cultivate the flowers, so for one of them to do this........ A balance could have been reached, it only needed a little trimming.

      I'm tempted to sprinkle a few wild flower seeds myself at some point! x