Leeds snow grass cutting mystery

One man went to mow....but who is he, and his pal?

If you thought there's too much ice and snow to mow? Think again.

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It may be the depths of winter but it seems someone is determined not to let the grass grow under their feet.

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He seems totally undeterred by the theory that grass doesnot grow in winter.

As temperatures plunged to sub-zero, one Leeds householder was amazed to see grass cutting taking place at junction seven of the M621 near Stourton.

Shaun Moss, who captured the unlikely scene on camera, said along with the cutting machine, there was a truck and two men with strimmers.

He said: "I couldn't believe it. With roads to be de-iced, whether its the council or the Highways Agency, someone has got strange priorities."

But who is responsible for the unseasonal cutting back remains a mystery.

Having carried out a check, the city council said it was not responsible and the Highways Agency said it was not down to them either, as the location of the work did not form part of the agency's road network.

Churning up a grass verge might not be too bad for the birds desperately looking for food in the sub zero temperatures.

The charity SongBird Survival has warned that some species may be in

danger of near extinction as a result of the cold spell. They drew parallels with the winter of 1963 when over 80 percent of Britain's wren population died.

The charity urged people up and down the country to put out food for songbirds. And they have even set up a special Twitter account – Saving SongBirds - to encourage people to care for birds like robins, wrens, bullfinches, tree sparrows and song thrushes.

"We wanted to reach a younger generation to make them aware of the massive problems facing songbirds this winter," said SongBird Survival Chairman Clive Sherwood.

"The simple fact is that hard winters can have a greater effect than pesticides or any of the other actions of man on the numbers of songbirds.

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