Council backs 'No Mow May' campaign
04 May 2022
North Devon Council is letting the grass grow wild in a number of its green spaces this month in support of the charity campaign 'No Mow May'.
Conservation charity Plantlife runs the national campaign which aims to encourage individuals and organisations to lock away their lawnmowers for the month of May in an effort to encourage wildflowers and support local wildlife.
Lead Member for Environment at North Devon Council, Councillor Netti Pearson says: "I am really pleased that we are taking part in 'No Mow May' again this year. This campaign coincides perfectly with the council’s current goal to increase wild flower meadow areas by 20,000 square metres by 2025, and I am pleased to say that we are currently on track with this.
“With grounds maintenance service back in-house, we’re being less rigid with our mowing regimes and focusing on ‘meadow cutting’ maintenance instead. This allows for a much richer habitat that supports pollinators such as bees, butterflies and other insects.
“During the month of May we will be leaving some additional areas of green spaces wild and we’re encouraging residents to do the same by leaving their lawns uncut.”
The council will be leaving two sites to grow wild during May, the first being the riverfront edge near the Leisure Centre car park and the second at Nadder Meadow in South Molton.
For more information about 'No Mow May' and to get involved, please visit the Plantlife website.