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Gedling joins the No Mow movement to encourage bees and other pollinators

Gedling Borough Council has identified a number of locations in the borough where the growth of wildflowers, weeds and grasslands can be encouraged.

The areas will remain unmown throughout the growing season as part of the council’s commitment to protecting and enhancing our natural environment, including habitats and wildlife.

Wildflowers and weeds are essential food for pollinators such as butterflies, bees and invertebrates.

Bees are an essential part of our ecosystem and contribute to the natural production of much of the food we grow and eat. One of the main factors in the decline of bee numbers is the lack of flower meadows.

This is why here at Gedling Borough Council we are keen to help halt the decline and promote the growth of wildflowers in the borough. This will in turn encourage and conserve more of our native wildlife.

The areas identified in Gedling cover approximately 5.5 hectares and include space in our Green Flag awarded parks. They will remain unmown until September, increasing biodiversity and, importantly, saving bees and other pollinators.

Councilor Viv McCrossen, portfolio holder for Climate Change and Natural Habitat said:

“We are fortunate to have some locations in our community that are perfect for growing wildflowers and creating breeding grounds for different species of bees. It will also encourage other pollinators and our native wildlife.

“I am confident this will contribute to our commitment to looking after our natural environment and laying the seeds for greater biodiversity and conservation in Gedling Borough.”

• Rushcliffe: these 38 sites are part of the ‘No Mow’ initiative to encourage bees and pollinators