Update: Orchids delay Village Green cut

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Update. Several residents of Tuttington have given the following advice: Cut the grass so that people can comfortably access the majority of the Village Green and leave an uncut area around the plants for their protection.

Regular cutting of the grass on the village green has been delayed following the discovery that two species of orchid are in flower there. The grass is cut by a team from South Norfolk District Council overseen by Broadland District Council. The two councils are in the process of merging their services.

We are advised that the orchids are protected species and should not be disturbed.

The Burgh and Tuttington Parish Council are on the case and in the process of confirming the status of the plants. They are asking the district council to decide on how the situation is to be managed.

Residents living around the village green may not be aware of the reason why the grass has not been cut of late but they can be reassured that discussions are underway.

Signs may appear in due course providing further information of the latest situation regarding the orchids.

The plants in question are examples of the Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis), and the Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera) shown in the photos here where they are growing on Tuttington Village Green.

Pyramidal Orchid
Bee Orchid
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