Toulouse: Why we no longer mow the grass at roundabouts and roadsides

the essentials In some parts of Toulouse, green spaces are being left fallow. In parks, gardens but also on the go. The town hall would like to preserve a certain biodiversity in the city.

Nature takes back her rights. With the approval of the town hall. In the last few weeks the green spaces in some parts of the city far from the city center have been left fallow: “We want to develop biodiversity in the city. Whenever possible we let plants grow so that the natural cycle can take place. From flowering to setting. Personally, I think it’s visually very pleasant, ”smiles Clément Riquet, Deputy Mayor for Green Areas.

This policy is not new. For years the town hall has been planting Toulouse by letting the herbs grow. Some places become real city meadows from the first heat. This is especially true of the green river of Argoulets and the Maourine Park in Borderouge. The city is integrated into the differentiated green space management. For the historic gardens in the city center, the administration is “horticultural”, according to the elected official. In neighborhood parks, on the other hand, there is less waiting: “Our teams come to redirect equipment and picnic tables,” says Clément Riquet.

Help, to the grass!

There is almost no grass on the street. Finally in the hyper-center: “The flowers at the foot of the walls or on the sidewalks are removed without the use of pesticides,” emphasizes the deputy mayor responsible for green spaces. Some roundabouts are home to flower beds that are regularly tended. Miles away the grass is high. At roundabouts or on certain routes.

Some drivers warn of restricted visibility due to “excessive” vegetation: “If this obstructs the view, we move and see the height of the vegetation, observes the elected representative. We can make some adjustments, for example if green spaces are visually disturbing. We listen to our fellow citizens ”.

Urban meadows will be mowed in the coming weeks: “It has to be done before the grass becomes too dry and a fire hazard,” warns Clément Riquet. In addition, greasy paper, glass, cans etc. are difficult to access in these “fallows”. A daily riddle for the agents of green spaces and district administrations responsible for their collection. Without forgetting another plague: the rats would also have found their quarters there …

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