Maidstone takes part in No Mow May

Once again this year Maidstone Borough Council Parks and Open Spaces team is taking part in the national initiative ‘No Mow May’ by not mowing five areas in the borough.

- 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

Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) will not mow these five grassy areas throughout May to allow any wildflowers in the lawns to have a chance to flower and support wildlife and pollinators.

A little piece of wilderness can be a powerful force helping to challenge the climate and biodiversity crisis. Plants and pollinators enrich our landscapes and their beauty and colours can calm our mind too. It will help improve biodiversity, especially at such an important time of year for bees, butterflies and insects.

MBC does not have responsibility for all grass verges in the borough however temporary signs will be put up at five of the sites it does own informing people of the project and neat borders will be cut to make sure paths won’t be blocked and areas should not look unkempt.

No Mow May is Plantlife’s annual campaign calling all garden owners and green space managers not to mow during May – liberating your lawns and providing a space for nature.

A healthy lawn with some long grass and wildflowers will benefit wildlife, tackle pollution and can even lock away carbon below ground – and best of all, to reap these benefits all you have to do is not mow your lawn in May! With over 20 million gardens in the UK, even the smallest grassy patches add up to a significant proportion of our land which, if managed properly, can deliver enormous gains for nature, communities and the climate.

Find out more here.