No Mow May

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.

Let it grow… let it groooow…

At the end of the month, on the Bank Holiday Weekend, join in with Plantlife’s nationwide “Every Flower Counts” survey to discover how many bees the UK’s lawns can feed. Not only will you receive your very own “nectar score” (which will tell you have many bees your lawn can feed), you’ll help us learn more about the health of the nations’ wild flowers.

Information about how to complete the Plantlife survey can be found here.

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.
  • But no one has ever quantified this resource before. This is what Every Flower Counts aims to do: work out how many flowers are on our lawns, how much nectar they’re producing and how many bees they can support through the calculation of our annual National Nectar Score.
 
TDEG is delighted that other organisations in our area are joining in with proposals to encourage more wildflowers in our green spaces and roadside verges. Tideswell Parish Council is trialling a different mowing regime in three areas – around Townhead Recreation Area, along the Whitecross Road verges, and some verges on Gordon Road. Tideswell cubs are also joining in with the activities, by helping us to monitor changes in wildflowers on Townhead Recreation area, and producing signs to explain the benefits for wildlife at all the trial sites. 
 
Do let us know how you get on – either email us (wildlife@tdeg.org.uk) or you can post your photos on our TDEG Facebook page.
 
Information and Images courtesy of Plantlife

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