We would like to encourage everyone interested in TDEG’s “Going Wild” project to join in with this national campaign by the charity, Plantlife.
No Mow May asks us to simply set aside all, or even just a small area, of our lawn, and allow it grow unmown during the month of May.
You can read more about the Plantlife campaign here.
Just lock up your lawnmower on May 1st and let the wild flowers in your lawn bloom, providing a feast of nectar for our hungry pollinators.
Why is this important?
- On a single day in summer, one acre of wildflower meadow can contain 3 million flowers, producing 1 kg of nectar sugar. That’s enough to support nearly 96,000 honey bees per day.
- But since the 1930s, we have lost nearly 7.5 million acres of flower-rich meadows and pastures. Just 1% of our countryside now provides this floral feast for pollinators.
- Against this loss, habitats such as lawns have become increasingly important. With 15 million gardens in Britain, our lawns have the potential to become major sources of nectar.
- Just reducing your mowing for one month will make a real difference – allowing early summer wildflowers to bloom and support a wide range of insects and other wildlife.
- You could even reduce your mowing for a much longer period, and develop a new wildflower meadow. More information from Plantlife on creating a meadow here.