News ‘No Mow May’ well underway in five areas in Maidstone

‘No Mow May’ well underway in five areas in Maidstone   image

Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) is once again taking part in the national initiative ‘No Mow May’ and is not mowing five areas in the borough throughout the month.

The MBC Parks and Open Spaces team are not mowing the following five grassy areas throughout the month, allowing any wildflowers in the lawns to have a chance to flower and support wildlife and pollinators:

  • The Limes open space in Staplehurst
  • Grovewood Drive North, Weavering
  • Dickens Road Open Space, Ringlestone
  • Verges on New Cut Road
  • Verges on parts of Willington Street

Cllr Vanessa Jones, Cabinet Member for Climate Transition and Nature Recovery at MBC said:

“Across the UK we’ve lost nearly 97% of flower rich meadows since the 1970’s and with them the vital food needed by pollinators, such as bees and butterflies.”

“A little wilderness can be a powerful force helping to combat the climate and biodiversity crisis. Plants and pollinators enrich our green spaces and their beauty and colours calm our mind too. It has worked well for the past three years so we are happy to be part of No Mow May again and to do our bit, it will help improve biodiversity, especially at such an important time of year for bees, butterflies and insects.”

Andrew Jesson Green Spaces Manager at Maidstone Borough Council said:

“We will cut neat borders to make sure that paths won’t be blocked and these areas should not look unkempt. Signage will help residents see which areas we are allowing to grow for the month, we would encourage residents to join in and not to mow even if just for May.”

“As a Council we do not have responsibility for every grass verge in the borough however temporary signs will be put up at these five sites we do own, letting people know why these are not being mowed.”

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