public lawns unmowed

Public lawns in Westminster will continue to be unmowed in order to encourage biodiversity within the city.

Westminster Council has announced that it will leave all grass on housing estates and in some parks untouched throughout the summer after the city participated in Plantlife’s “No Mow May” last month.

The campaign encouraged people to not mow lawns and gardens for the whole month, thereby allowing plants to grow and pollinators to thrive.

The decision was taken to explore ways to prolong the benefits of the scheme following a warm reception from residents.

Ryan Jude, the Deputy Cabinet Member for Climate Action and Biodiversity said: “It’s been brilliant to support Plantlife’s campaign for the first ever time this year, and to hear such positive feedback from residents.

“I am pleased that we will now be prolonging the biodiversity gains into June, and working with partners and residents to find a longer term solution across Westminster.

“This is part of our wider agenda to improve the environment, encourage nature to thrive and tackle pollution in the city.”

Over 97% of wildflower meadows, which are vital for supporting food pollinators including bees and butterflies, have been lost in the UK since in 1970. As much as 24% of Westminster is estimated to be green space despite its central urban location – an area covering a total of 500 hectares.

As well as leaving grass uncut, the Council is working on longer term solutions to support biodiversity for which it will consult residents.

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