To eradicate huge weeds from North Yorkshire streets, combine harvesters are needed.
Locals complain that a prohibition on weedkillers has resulted in huge plants invading James Herriot country. One councillor suggested that the problem had gotten so terrible that combine harvesters may be required to solve it.
After council gardeners were generally prohibited from applying herbicides due to environmental concerns, “jungles” of undesired and hazardous flora have cropped up. Residents are enraged, claiming that even when weedkillers are used, they are so dilute that monster invaders like hogweed are unaffected.
North Yorkshire County Council has been experimenting with killing weeds with boiling water, according to the council. However, with unattractive plants already reaching 30 inches in height over the region, the “green” strategy has been labeled a failure.
North Yorkshire has almost 5,500 miles of highways that pass through tourist hotspots like the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales, which were made famous by vet Alf Wight’s Herriot novels.
“I’ve got complaints from locals that their pavements appear like a green corridor for wildlife,” said Councillor Bryn Griffiths.
“I’m guessing you’re referring to a combine harvester working its way across some of our estates to clear the weeds.
Residents say the “weed-emic” is due to the authority using particularly weak weedkiller and delaying weed clearing until the end of July, rather than starting in May. The authority’s executive member for highways, Councillor Don Mackenzie, said an increase in weeds is due to the authority using particularly weak weedkiller and delaying weed clearing until the end of July, rather than starting in May.
He also stated that the council didn’t want to use chemicals more than once a year “because of the environmental implications.”