Trust ‘devastated’ after council contractors destroy 17,000 roadside orchids

Contractors working for a council have swept away 17,000 orchids on a protected Roadside Nature Reserve in Kent as part of works intended to improve road safety, in what the local wildlife trust has described as a "devastating and upsetting" event.

Kent County Council said that the drainage works at the Bluebell Hill Roadside Nature Reserve were required to “renew and improve the existing system to prevent flooding and aquaplaning on the A229”. The county council said that it would fund remediation works and discuss long-term management of the site for wildlife and highway safety with Kent Wildlife Trust, which has been managing the site for 15 years.

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