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Westminster to take part in No Mow May

  • May 3, 2024
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Westminster to take part in No Mow May

Following on from last year’s success, Westminster is once again taking part in PlantLife’s campaign ‘No Mow May’ to support biodiversity in the borough. During the month of May, some of its parks, greenspaces and housing estates will not be mowed for an entire month, providing a space for nature to thrive in Spring.

A healthy lawn with some long grass and wildflowers benefits wildlife. The wildflowers provide a vital food source for bees and butterflies. With their numbers in decline, they need all the help they can get. Join in during May by locking up your lawnmowers and let the wildflowers in your lawn bloom.

Since the 1930s the UK has lost more than 97 per cent of its wildflower meadows which are vital for food pollinators like butterflies and bees. By not mowing grass on housing estates and a selection of parks during May, the council “will allow plant life to grow during this crucial period to feed pollinators throughout the summer months.”

Despite Westminster’s location at the heart of London, the city boasts diverse wildlife and a wealth of open spaces. Around 25 per cent of the borough is made up of parks and green spaces and the city has 33 Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs). There are over 600 different kinds of flora and fauna recorded in Westminster. St John’s Wood Church Gardens even has a formal designation as a Local Nature Reserve under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act of 1949.

“We recognise that our parks serve as gardens, football pitches and picnic spots, for the people who visit and live near them,” the council said in a press release. “We are being careful to leave space for people to enjoy our parks, by creating a balance between park users needs and doing what we can to create more space for wildlife, biodiversity and nature to bloom.”

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