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Newark and Sherwood District Council environment chairman on No Mow May

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Spring has sprung and it is once again time for us to take part in No Mow May, writes chairman of leisure and environment at the district council Roger Jackson.

Some of you may ask well what does that mean? It’s quite simple really, our ground maintenance team are cutting back on the mowing of certain areas around our district and letting the grass grow, and you can join too!

All you need to do is lock up your lawnmower for the month of May and let nature do the rest.

Roger Jackson, chairman of the leisure and environment committee at Newark and Sherwood District Council.
Roger Jackson, chairman of the leisure and environment committee at Newark and Sherwood District Council.

The No Mow May initiative was first launched in 2019 by Plantlife, a botanical charity, and all they ask is for people to let nature flourish by leaving green areas to grow for the month.

The aim of the campaign is to let the grass grow and wild flowers bloom, in doing so a ‘nectar feast’ is provided for pollinators such as honeybees, bumblebees, butterflies and moths, and beetles.

Did you know that 1kg of nectar sugar can be produced from one acre of wildflower meadow that contains three million flowers over just one summer’s day?

Research from Plantlife has shown that by mowing your lawn less frequently you can provide enough pollen and nectar for ten times the amount of bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

Research also showed more than 200 species of plants, including rare meadow flowers, were found flowering within the grasses that were left to do its thing

We as the district council will be taking part by cutting back on the mowing of certain green areas and some of our country parks. The areas will include sections of Barnby Road Play Area, Bishop’s Drive Cemetery, Blidworth Church Cemetery, Clay Lane, Library Garden, Newbury Road, Ossington Church Yard, Polkington Crescent, Winthorpe Village, Sconce and Devon Park, Thorpe Oaks

Full meadow areas will be left at Boughton Open Space, Sherwood Heath, Vicar Water Country Park.

As a district we are always working to make Newark and Sherwood a cleaner, safer, greener place for all of us enjoy and initiatives like this are another way for us to work together to achieve that.

If you want to see the results so far you should make a beeline for our beautiful parks and green spaces and spend some time enjoying nature as it flourishes!

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