No Mow May – We’re taking part, will you join in?

The council is to let wildflowers bloom during May having, once again, pledged its support for No Mow May.

The Council has already designated wildflower areas which are only cut once or twice a year. However, during May grounds maintenance staff will leave additional areas of land uncut. No Mow May is a national campaign which encourages people not to mow gardens and public areas during May. The campaign aims to encourage people to let grass grow long to help boost biodiversity and provide a feast of wildflower nectar for bees. Not cutting lawns for a month encourages more flowers to grow and May is the point at which grass starts growing at its fastest rate.

Town Clerk, Carol Harris said “No Mow May is a great way to show our commitment to the Council’s Statement to the Environment to help make a positive difference to our community. We are really keen to conserve and enhance biodiversity and the natural assets of Battle Civil Parish and continually review how we carry out grounds maintenance to see if there are any further opportunities to allow us to meet this objective.”

Following the success of the community litter pick in March, which came about as part of the Great British Spring Clean, No Mow May presents another opportunity for residents to ‘love where you live’, “but this campaign” Carol Harris adds “requires even less effort to get involved! If you have a lawn, please join in and see if your lack of impact, has an impact!”

Battle Town Council will continue to mow verges where necessary to ensure sightlines for vehicles and pedestrians are kept clear for safety reasons, otherwise we look forward to letting the grass grow and allow plants the opportunity to flourish.

For more information about No Mow May and how you can join in, please visit the Plantlife website  https://www.plantlife.org.uk/campaigns/nomowmay