No Mow May
Jessica Rees
Sustainability and Engagement Officer
2 minute read

No Mow May encourages people with gardens to not mow their lawn for the month of May - created by environment charity, Plantlife.

Why is No Mow May important?

Leaving your lawn to overgrow creates shelter for all nature and plants and boosts biodiversity. It welcomes native wildflowers which are perfect for bees, and tackles pollution by trapping carbon dioxide.  

We've already lost around 97% of flower-rich meadows since the 1930's, so let's stop mowing.

You can develop your wild garden further by:

  • Planting wildflowers in plant pots, to create your very own little garden indoor or on a balcony if you don't have outside space of your own.

 

yellow, pink and purple wildflowers amongst grass

 

 

  • Leave patches of grass to grow longer than others. Different lengths of grass can offer different things like, short grass = clovers and daisies, long grass = wildflowers - a paradise for all creatures.

 

  • Build a pond and welcome new creatures like frogs, toads and other insects. It doesn't have to be big, but it can also act as a bird bath for birds or a drink for hedgehogs in the Summer.

 

toad poking out of a pond under a lillypad

 

You don't even have to stop after May, keep your garden wild all year round. Check out this guide to a Nature Friendly Lawn. See how we are boosting biodiversity around out Trust healthcare sites by looking at our Green Plans.

Green spaces at work can also take part, speak with your facilities team to see if you can participate and let the grass grow this year.