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No mow May

No mow May

No Mow May is a national campaign to encourage people not to mow their lawns until the end of May in order to boost the flowers, and nectar available to pollinating insects such as bees, butterflies and moths. At the end of the month, participants are invited to record the flowers that have grown in the grass with the Every Flower Counts survey.

Lawns are often wastelands for insects and flowers, with all potential diversity kept under tight control by regular mowing and weed removal. But left to its own devices, those ordinary weeds can provide vital food. Dandelions are a particular superfood for bees and butterflies. Despite being outnumbered by daisies 85 to 1 on a typical 100m2 lawn, they produce 9% of the lawn's pollen and 37% of its nectar sugar.

Lets all try and do our bit for a our local environment this May

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