Rushcliffe Borough Council is again installing a number of ‘no mow’ zones throughout the borough to serve as summer pollinator sites and encourage wildlife and habitats to thrive even more.
It follows the success of the program last year and the authority is now expanding the campaign to 22 sites in the borough from May to September this year, up 16 more from 2021.
Council partners Streetwise are no longer mowing selected areas across Rushcliffe to help create natural corridors to support and enhance local wildlife.
All sites have signs saying “Please excuse the weeds, we feed the bees!”.
This sustainable management of open spaces not only helps to mitigate the impact of climate change, but supports the Council’s Carbon Clever initiative and its commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
The sectors selected in the borough are as follows:
- Abbey Circus, West Bridgford
- Abbey Park, West Bridgford
- Adbolton Lane Playground, Lady Bay
- Alford Road, Edwalton
- Bridgefield Meadow, West Bridgford
- Cranford Gardens, Compton Acres
- Near Deepdale to Easedale Close, Gamston
- Dorset Gardens, Compton Acres
- Gotham Road, East Leake, subject to local works
- Green Line Extension, Edwalton
- Gresham Pavilion and Playground
- Greystones Close, west, Gamston
- Greythorne Parkway, Compton Acres
- Killerton Park Drive, Compton Acres
- Lyme Park Open Space, Compton Acres
- Melton Gardens, Edwalton
- Miss Machin Field, Edwalton
- Newbold Lane, Kinoulton
- Rannerdale near Mellbreak near, Gamston
- Rugby Road, Compton Acres
- Entrance to Stamford Road housing estate, Gamston
- The Hook, area around the playground, Lady Bay
To visit https://www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/energy/summerpollinator/ for more information.
Renewal of the program was backed by a public survey last year which received almost 400 responses, of which 66% fully supported the program and a further 30% supported the program on the condition that the sites can still be used by the audience.
Abby Brennan, Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Communities and Climate Change, said: ‘We are very pleased to relaunch this wonderful project which will further improve biodiversity across the borough.
“We had an overwhelming response at the start of the campaign last year, which is why we have now tripled the number of sites to ensure even more wildlife and habitats can thrive.
“We are committed to protecting our environment in line with our priorities and our ever-expanding Carbon Clever initiative, which drives our green agenda.
“We are always keen to hear more feedback on the sites, so please email [email protected] with all thoughts.
Newly managed sites with ‘No Mow’ zones are often crossed by paths and circles to provide areas where people can sit or children can play.
This creates a more varied green landscape, providing a wider range of recreational and social opportunities, benefiting more species and creating a more interesting natural environment.
It’s with the goal that residents will see more grass swaying in the breeze and hear the buzz of insects feeding on wildflowers.
If weeds become a problem at the sites, other methods of removal will be considered which will not affect the habitats.
Residents can also get involved if they have their own summer pollinator site on non-Council land and wish to put up a sign recognizing it as another pollinator area.
They need to email [email protected] to notify the Site Authority and can download the Council’s ‘No Mow’ signage and learn more about the Summer Pollinator program.
The Plantwise charity has this Information package on the 13 most common wildflowers on lawns that are likely to be found on our no-mow pollinator sites.