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Let it grow, let it grow for No Mow May

Some of East Hampshire's green spaces will be left to grow this month as part of a national campaign aimed at supporting wildlife.

East Hampshire District Council is taking part in 'No Mow May' to help the bees and support local biodiversity.

Where possible, this season EHDC and Norse South East will alter some of their maintenance mowing schedules which are normally scheduled for during May to help promote wildflowers and encourage pollinators in less recreationally used areas.

These areas will be cut later in the year when flower heads have gone to seed, helping to encourage wildflowers, insects and wildlife.

East Hampshire District Council’s portfolio holder for Climate Change and Placemaking, Councillor Robert Mocatta, said; “Not mowing our open green spaces helps support the survival of bees and other pollinating insects, and allows natural wildflowers to thrive, all of which are an essential part of the ecosystem.

"We are taking part by leaving some areas of our green spaces wild. The idea is to let the grass and flowers grow, providing increased nectar sources for insects during May.

“Everyone can get involved; by sowing wildflowers in their garden, taking part in the 'No Mow May' challenge, or even just leaving a patch of lawn uncut, residents can also help the districts bees, butterflies and wildlife."

The sites in Petersfield and Alton that will be left to grow wild during May are:

Petersfield

  • Cranford Road

  • Kennet Road/Avon Close

  • Festival Hall, Heath Rd

  • Lower Heyshott

  • Lower Mead

  • Heath Common (between Thorn Close and Gorse Road)

  • Woodlark Gardens (between Linnet Close and Woodlark Gardens)

Alton

  • Cherry Way (between Southview Rise, Maple Close, Lime Ave and Maple Close)

  • Shipley Close

  • Chauntsingers Road

  • Goodwood Close

  • The Ridgeway/Fontwell Drive

  • Sailsbury Close

For more information about the 'No Mow May' challenge and to find out how you can get involved, visit www.plantlife.org.uk.

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