Stamford man Hugh Cripps delighted with response to verge idea

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A NATURE enthusiast is delighted with the public response to his idea to introduce wildflowers to a verge.

Last week we featured the story of Hugh Cripps, who asked Lincolnshire County Council for permission to let the verge outside his home in Casterton Road, Stamford, grow to see if any wildflowers would bloom.

The council agreed to Hugh’s idea on a trial basis, but said that if any complaints were received he would have to mow the verge again.

A variety of wildflower species blossomed over the summer but after about 10 people complained to the council, Hugh agreed to cut the verge.

Scores of readers responded to our story with letters and social media comments in support of Hugh’s idea.

Hugh said: “The response has been really positive. I am delighted the story has been given such prominence as it is an issue that needs looking at.

“I would like to find a solution with people who have a problem with wildflowers.”