We know spring is in the air when the first wildflowers appear but in Dorridge, at least, locals were merely allowed a fleeting glimpse of the blooms before they were mowed down by contractors from Solihull Council.
David Muntzer told the Solihull News he was delighted when the flowers including bluebells made an appearance in early May but his pleasure was short-lived when he took a stroll along Conker Lane in the village and noticed that the carpet of foliage had been hacked back leaving no trace of the pretty plants.
The busy Four Ashes Road which is nearby had, however, survived a similar drastic fate.
The Buckminster Drive resident said: “The wildflowers were coming up to full bloom and then the mowing contractors came back and cut all the flowers their tractor or mower could reach, including bluebells.
“So no flowers for the insects, no seeds for the birds, again. What we now have is the invasive ground elder spreading now that taller plants have been cut down.
“The council motto ‘urbs in rure’ seems to mean nothing to the council.
Local school and nurseries often bring their pupils to the historic Conker Lane, a bridlepath which also boasts a pond and much wildlife.
David added: “Preserving the delicate natural environment we have inherited appears to be a low priority for the council despite appointing Environmental Champions.
The question is – who controls the contractors and do they have any training on the environment?
“All this unnecessary mowing costs money so one may assume that the council has plenty of money and won’t need an increase in Council Tax next year.”