Posted on Wednesday 10th May 2023
Danielle Pountney and Tara Spandrzyk from Staffordshire Libraries
People in Staffordshire are being urged not to cut their grass in May and to join Plantlife's annual No Mow May campaign.
The campaign aims to help support wildlife, creating a haven for them while improving biodiversity.
By letting long grass and wildflowers grow naturally, lawns become healthier, and wildlife thrives. With nearly 97 per cent of flower-rich meadows lost since the 1970s, every garden can play a crucial role in rebuilding these vital habitats. The smallest patches of grassy areas in the UK's 20 million gardens, when correctly managed, can provide significant gains for nature, communities, and the climate.
Residents are now being invited to pick up a free sign from either Stafford, Burton, Cannock, Leek, Lichfield, Newcastle, Perton or Rugeley library. Signs are available on a first come first serve basis. People are being asked to stick the sign in their garden, take photos and share on social media using the hashtag #NoMowMayStaffs.
Philip White, Deputy Leader at Staffordshire County Council said:
“No Mow May is a great campaign and it’s easy to get involved.
“Simply lock up your lawnmower for the month of May, and you'll be giving wildlife a much-needed boost throughout the summer. By doing so, you can help combat pollution and store carbon underground while providing essential food for pollinators like bees.
"It’s one small thing we can all do that can add up to make a big difference to protect our environment and preserve local wildlife for future generations.”
For health and safety reasons urban verges in Staffordshire will still get cut to maintain road visibility. Staffordshire Country Parks will be left to grow.
People can find out more including how to take part.