In support of No Mow May, Hounslow Council and its partners at Lampton Services will be letting the grass grow in selected Housing areas, Parks, and on grass verges maintained by Hounslow Highways.
Published: Thursday, 11th May 2023
For details of participating locations across the borough, click here.
But you may wonder why the Council is supporting this international initiative, and what benefit there is to our environment.
Here’s why Hounslow is supporting No Mow May, and how you can think about joining us.
Why Hounslow is letting grass grow
Plantlife’s No Mow May is an initiative that encourages households, organisations, and local authorities alike to refrain from mowing their lawns during the month of May (and beyond).
Each year, strategic periods of longer grass can:
- Help tackle pollution
- Lock carbon away below the ground
- Support wildlife and local habitats to thrive
By allowing grass and wildflowers to grow freely, we provide valuable habitats and food sources for various insects, birds, and other wildlife. It’s a small action that can have a significant impact on our local environment.
When we put away the lawnmower, we allow mini wildlife sanctuaries to prosper in our parks and gardens. Wildflowers - such as daisies, clovers, and buttercups - flourish during No Mow May, and attract essential pollinators like bees and butterflies (as well as other insects).
These insects play a vital role in pollinating plants, and contribute to the overall health of our ecosystem.
Protecting beneficial creatures
No Mow May also supports our environment by protecting beneficial insects who live within our grass patches. Ladybirds and Beetles are just a few examples of insects that help control pests by feeding on harmful garden invaders (such as caterpillars).
By providing a safe space for these helpful creatures, you reduce the need for chemical pesticides in your garden.
How residents can get involved
Hounslow’s community groups and residents who are passionate about a greener and cleaner Hounslow can register to take part in No Mow May by visiting the Plantlife website.
All you need to do is put away your lawnmower for the month, and let nature take its course. Not only does this save you time and effort, but it also reduces your carbon footprint by minimising the use of fuel and emissions associated with lawn maintenance.
Spread the word about #NoMowMay to friends and family to help raise awareness about the importance of creating thriving habitats for wildlife, and the impact that this simple act can have on Hounslow’s local climate.
Join Hounslow in support of No Mow May to help the borough’s green spaces thrive this spring.