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Newmains Residents Can't Smell The Roses
Newmains residents have hit out at North Lanarkshire Council for ripping out flowers in Braedale Nature Reserve.
Frustrated Eddie Wright claimed to have watched council workers pull out the wild rose bushes on Bonkle Road.
He said: “North Lanarkshire Council have started to rip out the wild roses which grow on both sides of the path leading from Bonkle Road to Braedale Hill.
“This is a major food source for bees and other insect life, and after last year’s publicity about the drastic decline of our bee population I was shocked to see them doing this.
“They did the same a few years ago with the removal of rhododendron plants on the path from Newmains to Coltness but never replaced them with local plants.
“The Coltness end was known as ‘the-bum-bee-path.’ During the height of summer the path hummed with sound and was lovely to look at.
“I walk through Braedale Nature reserve with my dog most nights and really enjoy looking at the lovely flowers and plants. It makes a change from the sights you usually see in the area.
“I think what the council is doing is an act of vandalism and they need to stop now.”
North Lanarkshire Council’s website describes Braedale Hill as
a real haven for birds, insects and animals. It goes on to say that the thin soil, whilst not great for larger trees, does allow carpets of wild flowers to thrive without shade.
Newmains resident Helen Gibson said: “Why do North Lanarkshire Council not finish the concrete jungle on the Main Street with the end of year money instead of taking away all that is good?”
A spokesperson for North Lanarkshire Council commented: “Following a complaint, an area of shrubbery around 15m back from Bonkle Road was removed. It was overgrown and litter collected among the planting, so it was cleared and will be seeded with grass to keep the area tidier and easier to maintain. The area is not part of the nearby nature reserve.”
“The rhododendrons would have been removed as they are an invasive non-native species and have a negative impact on local species of plants.”