No Mow May in Penzance

23rd May 2023 in Council News, Environment

We’re taking part in No Mow May, an annual campaign by Plantlife to stop mowing and provide a space for nature in Penzance!

What is No Mow May?

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

No Mow May logo

Why is this important?

In the UK, we’ve lost nearly 97% of flower rich meadows since the 1970’s and with them gone are vital food needed by pollinators, like bees and butterflies. We’re doing our bit to try and address this by making space for nature here in Penzance!

A healthy lawn with some long grass and wildflowers benefits wildlife, tackles 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.

Where are our No Mow May areas?

We have set aside No Mow areas in both Penlee Park (in the wooded walk area which runs alongside the tennis courts) and Heamoor Old School Field.

We still want people to be able to enjoy our open spaces too. So some areas are still being mown so that people can still kick back and have picnics on the grass and walk their dogs (and be able to pick up after them – it’s not easy to see dog poo in long grass!).

The No Mow May area which runs alongside the tennis courts in Penlee Park is already full of wildflowers
The No Mow May area which runs along the tennis courts in Penlee Park

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