Residents across Warwick district let the grass grow for No Mow May - The Leamington Observer

Residents across Warwick district let the grass grow for No Mow May

Leamington Editorial 6th Jun, 2023   0

NO MOW May has been declared a success across the district.

Many residents joined with Warwick District Council in ditching their lawn mowers for the month and letting the grass and wildflowers grow.

May marks a key month for plants, insects and other wildlife as warmer soil sees grass, plants and wildflowers blooming to life.

Letting them bloom provides an important food source for pollinating insects needing nourishment in the early part of the season to expand their populations.

Grass cutting was suspended on highway verges, council housing estates and the majority of the district’s parks and open spaces, with cuts still taking place in children’s play areas, cemeteries, sports pitches and major parks including Jephson Gardens, Pump Room Gardens, St. Nicholas Park and Abbey Fields.

Residents were encouraged to take part where possible, by letting some or all of their lawn grow during May. Photos were submitted to the council by residents who were eager to support the cause, with an abundance of colour on display.

WDC climate change spokesman Coun James Kennedy said: “It’s been fantastic to see the results of No Mow May across the district, and to hear from the many residents that supported this initiative and even took part themselves. This is a significant gesture at a key time to improve the plight of nature and ensure that our ecosystem thrives.”

The council’s contractors idverde will now resume mowing, remaining vigilant for any litter or wildlife in the long grass and ensuring they are removed safely before mowing.

In order to understand people’s current awareness of the annual scheme and to ensure that it can continue to build and be successful in future years WDC is now undertaking a short survey on No Mow May throughout June, with residents encouraged to take part at


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