Chris Packham has become embroiled in a row after a picnic area was mowed over as a council claimed he “piled in” during a social media backlash.
Derbyshire Dales district council said it received a “battering” online after wildflowers were cut down near Arc Leisure Centre in Matlock this month.
The council said it only mowed one section of the area, which was used by picnickers during the pandemic, owing to its popularity, but was met with fury by residents and environmentalists.
Officials claimed Mr Packham, the presenter of BBC Springwatch, was among those who “piled in” with criticism.
However, the naturalist denied the assertion. “I merely reported that you had destroyed a meadow in a time of crisis,” he wrote on Twitter.
“And leaving some around trees where it couldn’t be cut anyway is no excuse, you should have left it all. Just break the mould and be accountable for your mistake.”
The row broke out when Little Green Spaces, an environmental project, highlighted how Derbyshire council had mowed the meadow into a “lifeless” state.
“This was to be a tweet praising Derbyshire Dales for letting a beautiful meadow grow on a steep slope at Matlock’s leisure centre,” the group wrote on Twitter on June 1. “Yesterday, at least 8 wildflower species; bumblebees; swifts overhead. Tonight all gone: mowed into lifeless ‘neat & tidy’.”
Mr Packham retweeted the post and described the situation as “maddening”.
He asked on Twitter: