Hurstpierpoint & Sayers Common Parish Council are working in partnership with Hurst Rethink to support: NO MOW MAY.
On the Hurst Rethink website you will be able to find all the information and resources you will need to take part in the campaign plus a short video from Plantlife that offers an excellent overview.
What is No Mow May?
We’re asking as many people as possible in the village and surrounding areas to leave their mower in the shed for the month of May to allow wildflowers to grow. These flowers provide vital food for pollinators such as bees and butterflies who in turn provide food for other wildlife.
Why are we doing this?
UK wildlife is in steep decline. Only 1% of the UK countryside provides flowers for pollinators such as bees and butterflies. However, there are 16 million gardens in the UK and our lawns have the potential to be a major wildflower nectar source – If we mow less and use less chemicals, we can give these flowers a chance to grow and provide vital food for pollinators.
What do you need to do?
Following some simple steps we are encouraging everyone to not mow their lawns in May and count the wildflowers that have appeared by the end of the month. If you don’t have a garden, you can still get involved with the Parish Council’s No Mow May areas at The Village Green, South Avenue Recreation Ground and Reeds Lane Recreation Ground in Sayers Common.
Please do tell all your neighbours and friends about the campaign too. Plantlife have agreed to give us a BN6 nectar score to show how many bees our gardens and green spaces have collectively fed during May and it would be great to get this score as high as possible!
We can’t wait to see what amazing flowers and species you discover during the campaign so please do share photos, drawings and any other reflections on the Hurstpierpoint and Surrounding Wildlife Facebook Page as well as The Hurst Rethink and Plantlife Facebook pages too.
And don’t forget, even a tiny patch of garden left wild or a bee friendly plant in a pot can make a difference to the pollinators and all the wildlife they support.