Wirral Council has been doing its bit in support of a national month-long initiative that promotes the welfare of bees, butterflies and the wider environment.
The ‘No Mow May’ campaign, which is led by the conservation charity Plantlife, encouraged anyone who looks after gardens, verges and other grassed areas to lock up their lawnmowers for the month of May and let wildflowers and other important pollinators shine through.
Wirral Council has been playing its part by suspending grass cutting in parts of its parks and open spaces, though areas that are dedicated to leisure activities have been maintained as usual.
The aims of the ‘No Mow May’ campaign align closely with many aspects of Wirral Council’s long-term commitment to tackling the climate emergency locally, protecting and enhancing the biodiversity of the area and prioritising nature-based solutions to the many of the challenges of climate change.
Changes have already been made to how the council is managing its roadside verges and roundabouts, with cutting suspended in many areas during the summer months and other areas being allowed to rewild naturally.
As part of ‘No Mow May’, residents were also asked to play a part by not cutting their laws – or at least giving up part of their gardens to nature for the course of the month.
In a complementary campaign, also led by Plantlife and called ‘Every Flower Counts’, between 22nd and 31st May people were asked to count how many new flowers have grown in the area they have set aside for ‘No Mow May’, submit their findings online and find out their own ‘Nector Score’ – a measure of how many bees they have helped by their actions.
Plantlife will use those findings to compile a ‘top ten’ chart of the most common lawn flowers found in the UK.