No Mow May

Published on May 10, 2024

#NoMowMay is an annual campaign started by Plantlife in the UK, asking everyone to put away the lawnmower during the month of May to help our native wildlife.

Native Irish wildflowers like Dandelions, Clover, and Birds-foot trefoil provide the best source of pollen and nectar for our hungry wild pollinators. By mowing less, we can give them a chance to appear naturally – no seeds needed! 

But there’s no need to stop at May. Mowing less all summer is one of the best things you can do to help pollinators. So why not take part in Let it Bloom June and Help them Fly July?

 On the island of Ireland, one third of our wild bees are threatened with extinction. This is mainly because of hunger – there isn’t enough food to support them in our landscape. If all of us chose to put our lawnmowers away for one month, we could start creating a network of places where pollinators can survive and thrive. 

 Taking part in No Mow May couldn’t be easier – just lock away the lawnmower for the month of May and wait and see what grows. You might be surprised by what appears over a few short weeks. You might see plants like Dandelions, Red and White Clover, and Birds-foot trefoil, all of which are excellent sources of food for pollinating insects, as well as bees, butterflies, and birds, all attracted by the feast on your lawn!

 The parish will be taking part in No Mow May again this year. Pathways will be cut through the grass and the edges will be tidied. We appreciate the support of our parishioners and neighbours in keeping the gardens tidy and keeping dogs on leads.